The Aikido Center of Atlanta

Since 1967

We as parents and educators are concerned about the escalating level of violence in our society. Today's young people are exposed to a constant barrage of violent programming and are faced with the possibility of actual physical confrontation to a far greater extent than ever before.

The Aikido Center of Atlanta offers a peaceful alternative to the "might makes right" message so prevalent in today's world. 

The Aikido Center of Atlanta has been teaching "the art of peace" to children since 1990. Our children's program was started by Darrell Tangman Shihan who, assissted by Shomu Banerjee and Stephanie Spiller, continued to teach and oversee the children's program until 2016. In 2013, we added the Little Dragonflies program for 5-7 years olds. All Children's classes are now under the leadership of Children's Program Director, Anna Gallagher Sensei.

There are widely recognized benefits to be derived from practicing any martial art. Children learn self-discipline, confidence and respect for themselves and others in a formal -but fun- atmosphere.

Aikido because of it's emphasis on mind body coordination, teaches children to locate and control their "energy centers" resulting in a more focused, alert and self-regulated child.

Since there are no tournaments in Aikido, the child receives all of the positive benefits of martial arts training without the sometimes unfortunate "side effects" of competition. Aikido teaches a "win/win" approach to conflict resolution. In Aikido no child should ever feel like a "loser".

Aikido is a purely defensive Art - children are not taught that punching and kicking are acceptable ways of dealing with conflict. Rather, they learn that aggression only leads to self defeat. If you share these values, we invite you and your child to visit the Aikido Center of Atlanta and participate in our classes.

If you are interested, Please contact Anna Gallagher Sensei, Children's Program Director of the Aikido Center of Atlanta for details.


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Dragonflies

5+ yrs old

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM  Dragonflies

5+ yrs old


4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Dragonflies

5+ yrs old


116 Center Street Avondale Estates, GA 30002