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The iKi Story

Two light-bulb moments have grown into a life-changing program for children, parents, teachers and their families.

iKi was conceived on 17 September 1987, following a simple observation!

“Give a child a stick and they know instinctively what to do; prod, paddle, swing.  Imagine, play and learn.”

Created by Kim Macrae – teacher, taekwondo trainer, musician – iKi is a way of thinking and doing that engages children of all ages in activities that set them on a pathway of positive choices, healthy life skills and a love of learning.

As he developed the physical components of the iKi program, Kim thought about the values that had attracted him to taekwondo; the sense of community and courtesy, the respect for learning, support of classmates and the importance of family and community connections. This led to a second key understanding:

“Everybody feels more secure and valued when they understand what is expected of them and know that the rules are fair and consistent for everybody.”

Anchored by these core values and decades of development, evaluation and improvement, we know that the magical combination of the iKi Rulz, music, movements and iKiSticks changes lives.

The Evolution of iKi

During the early years there were many frustrations and false starts before the iKiStick appeared in it's modern form, along with movements choreographed to original iKi Music. Initially, iKiFit the exercise, was presented as a fitness program for primary school children and seniors groups.

In 2003, the iKi Rulz and leadership components were added and students responded on a new level. However, this was a period in history when some school authorities and parents were averse to 'discipline' and didn't see the value of teaching children to take responsibility for their choices. So we focused on delivering the training and activities to Community Health groups and isolated schools.   

Then in 2013, in a chance meeting  with Regand Park Early Childhood Centre Director, Justine Richards, the suitability of iKi for early childhood was realised.  iKiMagic; for ages 3 to 6 was developed and the teacher training component, iKiSRL, (Safe Respectful Learners) was certified to meet EYLF, NQS guidelines and NESA accreditation.

The iKi program is now like a tree with 3 branches: iKiMagic; focusing on toddlers; preschool children and families; iKiSRL; an evidence based framework for teachers to use every day and iKiFit the Energisers; practical exercises for all ages.

The iKi Crew

Kim Macrae

Founder and Presenter

 

Born in the country town of Dorrigo, Kim studied Arts and taekwondo at university. He credits the martial art with his success, as it led him to discovering a passion for teaching that changed his life.

From the beginning of his High School teaching career, he was struck by the twin challenges of engaging students in the process of learning and implementing effective behaviour management strategies in the classroom.

"I spent a large amount of energy managing the behaviour of a small minority of students. 

He realised that other teachers were experiencing similar difficulties that they attributed to a lack of clarity, support and follow through of behaviour guidelines. Simply put, there was a lack of consistency in how students were expected to behave; the 'rules' were often poorly explained, unfairly implemented and support lacking.

At the same time he realised that many people have limited opportunity to learn physical skills from a young age, and that this affects their resilience, persistence and motivation. His passion for iKi, and its decades-long development and refinement is a reflection of his belief that its' clear, fair rules and fun, structured activities set children on a lifelong pathway of healthy life skills, positive choices and love of learning.

Kim now has three grown children and three grandchildren. He is actively involved in teaching Subak Martial Arts in Dubbo, and spends a chunk of his time on the road leading iKi Workshops. He is also a keen gardener and musician and loves to swim, walk and ski.

Connect with Kim:
Email kim@ikifit.com.au
Phone 0411 251 922
Blog An iKi Kind of Life
Facebook iKiFit

Amy "iKiMum" Mines

Product & Marketing Manager

 

Amy first encountered Kim while working on the iKi website for her then web development job. Later, while on maternity leave, she started working more closely with iKi: developing marketing materials, managing the social media and soon immersing herself in workshop and class content.

With the arrival of her third child – into an already complex, blended family situation – Amy decided that the simplicity of the iKi Rulz and engagement of the iKiEnergisers was just the right amount of structure, consistency and discipline her family needed.

She adopted iKi into her home and soon saw how her children started becoming happy, healthy, strong, better contributing members of their family and society ... and so an iKiMum was born!

As my own children get older I am finding that resilience is not a given, it is nurtured through life experiences – and the way our young people journey through these experiences depend on the foundations put in place from a young age. Everything I read about "tricky teenagers" talks about the importance of consistent boundaries and rules, because they make our young people feel safe and they keep things fair ... I can confidently say, if there was ever to be a manual on how to raise great kids, whilst building strong family relationships and being effectively invested in our broader community,"The iKi Way" is it.

Amy works fulltime at her local Headspace Centre and is the resident “iKiMum” blogger and ambassador for iKi Safe Respectful Learners. It is her goal to one day quit her day job and just teach “The iKi Way” to everyone and anyone willing to learn this magical formula.

Connect with Amy:
Email ikimum@ikifit.com.au
Blog An iKi Kind of Life
Facebook iKiFit