How would you like to give your kids an UNFAIR advantage in life?

By giving them all the life-skills they need; from self-discipline, to respect, courage, focus and goal setting. Aikido of Nebraska gives them the tools they need to TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES. And their parents couldn't be happier!

Sensei Roberts
Sensei Roberts

Hi, my name is Todd Roberts
I honestly believe that Martial Arts instruction will be some of the most important lessons that your child EVER learns. Why? Because at our very core we are a CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT school, using martial arts as our tool to teach character traits. Its a fantastic, nuturing, supportive environment at Aikido of Nebraska, and I believe that you'll want your child to be a part of it.

Here is what your child will get in just a few short weeks ...


In martial arts, we have kids do one technique at a time. For younger kids, and kids with focus problems, they may only do one COMPONENT of a technique, and they may only do it for 30 seconds – but for that 30 seconds that's all they focus on. Then, the better and better they get at focusing, the longer we have them focus for. Eventually, kids might focus the entire session on just one exercise or activity. Before you know it, they focus on their homework… on their chores… on conversations with you… and anything else they put their mind to.


From Day 1 in martial arts your child sets goals ("I want to get my next belt!"), and accomplishes them. The more and more the do this – the better they get at it. Eventually they learn to set higher goals – and he learns that fulfillment and respect are earned through completing longer-term challenges. Because of this, studies show that kids who go through martial arts are much more likely to succeed later in life as well.


We want our kids to look people in the eye when they are being spoken to - this is how show people you are listening and paying attention. After just a few short weeks, kids naturally begin doing this in class. And at home. And in school. Parents of children with attention problems are thrilled to see a difference after just a very short period.


When it comes to bullies, kids in martial arts don't back down. They have the confidence to look a bully in the eyes, and stand their ground. This alone deters bullies - easier to pick on someone weaker. And because our techniques control without injury, your child can protect themselves without getting into trouble.


It's easy these days for kids to not exercise - video games, TV, etc. As a result, many children experience weight problems at a young age. Martial Arts is an great form of exercise – Your child will be active the entire time. Strength, balance, and flexibility are all needed to perform techniques. But they go at their own pace – there is no pressure on them to do anything they can't.

Here is what our parents are saying ..

"My 13 year old daughter absolutely loves training with Sensei Roberts and his support staff. She is developing self-respect and respect for others as well as benefitting from the physical aspects of learning Aikido. I am pleased with the emphasis that Sensei places on "doing your best" and "helping others to do their best."

"Sensei Marcia made a point to all of the kids about Lori's dedication, even though she didn't have her uniform, she still wanted to attend. That really affected her in a good way, and I appreciate it so very much, as she felt really good about her decision to meet her commitment. It affirms that Aikido is a great activity for my daughter!"

"Will martial arts make my kid aggressive/violent?"

Absolutely not! We don't teach kids how to beat other people up. In Aikido, we teach kids self-defense as a tool for character development. Aikido teaches ONLY to use the force necessary to control - not destroy. They learn to respect all living things – from parents, to strangers, to pets.

"What age is appropriate for martial arts?"

We have programs for kids who are aged 7 years and up. We have found that the younger students tend to get frustrated with the sophisticated movements in Aikido.

"Could my child get hurt?"

To be honest, your child could get hurt in ANY athletic activity - martial arts is no different. We have had children come to the program for years without ever obtaining a single injury. From padded floors, to proper attire, to step-by- step instruction - we do everything in our power to insure your child's safety.

"My child doesn't like sports. Will he have a hard time in Aikido?"

Some kids just don't like team sports. They fit right in with martial arts - and they love it. That's because with martial arts you go at your own pace. Some kids learn quicker than others – but the children who advance quickly are not valued more than the kids who advance slowly. Everyone is valued - regardless of his or her athletic level. Sometimes in team sports, there is a lot of pressure to "not let the team down", and to "play for the team". But with martial arts, they can't let anyone down. Kids progress on their own timetable, and their own development.

"Is Aikido fun?"

Absolutely! We believe that when something is fun you will stick with it longer, and enjoy it even more. With all techniques and games that we do, your child will be laughing and smiling throughout the entire class. And because they'll constantly be setting and reaching goals - they'll want to stick with the program.

"Is Aikido for girls too?"

Certainly! There are just as many girls in many of our classes as there are boys. Girls love martial arts just as much, and get the same fulfillment out of it as boys do. Also, if I've learned anything in my years of teaching, its that girls are just as tough as boys. Many are even tougher!

"What if my child doesn't like it?"

I truly believe in Martial Arts for Kids. Nevertheless, I don't want your child to be miserable at class. They will end up learning very little, frustrating their parents and their instructor, and spreading their unhappiness. Therefore, if we decide that martial arts is not for your child. . .

Technique Overcomes Strength

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