Achieving harmony is essential in Aikido. Our goal is to ensure that the same harmony finds a restful place in your children’s souls too. Mastering the skills of moderation and confidence and the ability to dissipate and overcome feelings of aggression would indicate that we’ve succeeded in this mission. Aikido is a non-aggressive sport, which teaches children to be calm and composed. It also gives them a positive outlook while they learn that in order to create something of value, they must work in harmony with the surrounding world.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling
Martial arts training is a fantastic way to bring up a child. Along with multiple health benefits associated with sport in general, martial arts build up the character of our young ones in important ways.
Regular training sessions teach children discipline, motivation, instil a fighting spirit and respect in them and boost their confidence.
I have been actively studying martial arts for 10 years, having first started with judo and sambo and winning medals in several competitions. In 2014, I took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, grappling and MMA. I have a black belt in judo and a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. To date, I have won all national and international grappling competitions I have participated in and I became Vice Champion in the 2017 MMA World Championship. I have participated in the greatest European MMA leagues and have won 8 competitions to date.
I have been a trainer since 2015.
I have an MA degree in philosophy and organisational psychology from the Saint Clement Ohridski University of Sofia and I currently a PhD student at the Sofia Technical University.
I started learning Aikido when I was sixteen. In May 2017, at an international workshop in Athens, I earned second rank (dan). In the last few years, I have been working as an instructor primarily of children. Working with children is a challenge because their conscience is pure and open to the miracles of the work and while striving to show them that they too have an important place and role in this wonderful world, we learn a lot ourselves. They say that we learn as long as we live, but I would paraphrase this by saying that we are alive until we continue learning and developing.
People sometimes ask whether I see a connection between philosophy and martial arts, and Aikido in particular. Aikido is, in fact, based on the wonderful ‘I win — You Win’ symbiosis. If we seek conflict, strife and conflict with another, then we will find it but directed at us, meaning that we have to conquer ourselves and our failings, we need to become better people. And, as in all other martial arts, the spirit has been raised to a pedestal in Aikido too.
Champion of Bulgaria in judo and sambo, he has been learning judo for twelve years. A participant in European championships and numerous international competitions. Currently a student at the Vasil Levski National Sport Academy, hoping to graduate as a judo instructor.
I have worked as an instructor of children aged 3 to 7 years and 7 to 14 years. Being an instructor to toddlers and adolescents is fun and particularly gratifying as you can instil a sense of responsibility in them and shape and guide their personal development and improvement. Judo is a wonderful way to build up a child’s character and teach it discipline, responsibility, skills for cooperative work and knowledge how to cope in different situations they may encounter in their life.