Martial arts for shy kids

I'm looking for a martial arts school that is gentle and fun for boy and girl ages 5 and 7. They are shy at first but warm up quickly with calm, mellow and funny people. Looking for El Cerrito/Albany/North Berkeley areas. Prefer self defensive martial arts with meditation (aikido?). Thank you!

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Aikido of Berkeley on University Avenue near Sacramento is a wonderful place for kids. Sensei Kayla Feder teaches the kids with help from her Ushi Deshi. Sensei's seven year old son is  a student there also. I was in the adult classes for many years, until my knees prevented me from getting up quickly, so i have observed the children't classes, the teachers, and the atmosphere. My granddaughters would be enrolled there if they lived locally. 

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I highly recommend Estrella Jiu Jitsu School in Albany on San Pablo near the El Cerrito Plaza.  My five year old daughter recently started taking classes there and she loves it! I have already observed her more confident and focused.  There is an anti-bullying curriculum that really empowers the kids. Igor Estrella is a second degree black belt from Brazil and his classes are fun, relaxed, and technical. The class for 5 to 7 year olds is 4:15- 5 pm, Monday - Friday and there is also a Saturday morning class at 10 am. Kids new to the academy get 2 free classes so you can always check it out and see if your kids like it.