Martial Arts Summer Camp 2017

June 12 – August 18

Join us at Aikido Camp!

  • Practice Aikido – a traditional martial art
  • Learn together – no competitions
  • Build confidence, strength, flexibility, & self-control
  • Learn to speak Japanese
  • Have fun with Japanese arts, culture activities, and movies
  • Play games and socialize with friends

About Aikido Camp at Florida Aikikai

Our camp is a fun, energetic, and educational place to spend a few days or a few weeks training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and playing, learning, and hanging out with a wonderful group of kids and counselors.

We base our camp community on Japanese traditions of village and clan unity. We spend some parts of the day as one large group, some parts separated into age groups, and some parts separated into small “clans” of mixed ages. In this way, children experience age-appropriate instruction and a variety of roles that promote social skills, leadership, and responsibility.

Our camp is for children who are 5 to 15 years old.

The camp day is from 9AM – 3PM. Before care is available from 8AM and after care until 6PM.

A Typical Camp Day

nihongoJapanese Class
Konnichiwa! Learn to speak, read, and write Japanese.

Aikido Class
Run! Jump! Stretch! Balance! Roll! Throw your partner!

Lunch & Movie
Time to refuel and watch Japanese anime.

Cleaning & Free Choice
Work together to clean the dojo, then choose dodgeball, origami, or chill…

Japanese Arts & Crafts
Have fun with Japanese calligraphy, marbling, pottery, and more…

Weapons Class
Learn sword and short staff technique.

Special Activity
Sumo tournaments, group games, sushi making, talent shows, and more!

We are located in the Holiday Park Activity Center, just east of Fort Lauderdale

Our Senior Camp Staff


Chief Instructor Peter Bernath Sensei is a seventh degree black belt and master instructor with over 40 years experience teaching Aikido to children and adults. Peter Sensei is one of the most advanced Aikido teachers in the world.

Camp Co-Director Helen Reynolds is a third degree black belt who has been running our children’s program for ten years. Helen is also a family therapist, performing artist, puppet-maker, painter, and real-life Mary Poppins.

Camp Co-Director Keith Lit is a third degree black belt who has been teaching Aikido for ten years. Keith is also a behavior therapist, clinical psychologist in training, and the camp sushi chef.

Senior Counselor Marissa Waites has been a counselor for four years. Marissa is also an elementary school music teacher who plays the tuba, trombone, trumpet, flute, euphonium, clarinet, and piano, though not all at the same time.

Senior Counselor Darius Wilkerson is a first degree black belt who has been a counselor for five years. Darius first joined camp as a camper when he was fourteen and has been the undisputed camp sumo champion for seven years running, though Helen Sensei still plans to beat him this year.

Aikido Camp Prices

Single Session

One camper: $170
Two campers: $315

Additional Sessions

One camper: $145
Two campers: $290
CONTACT US for family pricing for more than 2 campers

Free uniform for all new students!

Before/After Care
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How to register

To reserve your camper’s spot today, fill out the form below and click the submit button. You will then have the opportunity to pay by credit card now, or to pay at camp.

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Week 2: June 19-23 --- WEEK 2 REGISTRATION CLOSED