How to enjoy karate safely during the pandemic

We’ve all faced challenges and changes over the last couple of years as we’ve adapted to living with, and limiting the spread of, Covid-19. Practising karate, as outlined here, is a great way to keep active and look after our physical and mental wellbeing.

Masks are an ongoing requirement and must be worn by all adults, children age 11 and above in the children’s classes, and by all children attending the mixed classes. If you are feeling unwell, or showing any covid symptoms, please do not attend a session in person but join us online instead. When you are feeling better and testing negative, you will be welcome to rejoin classes in person.

Mitigating the risk of infection during karate sessions


  • Bookings are required for all sessions
  • Everybody should wear a mask for the duration their visit
  • Wash hands before and after training
  • Arrive in good time in order to start promptly
  • If you are feeling unwell, or displaying any symptoms, do not attend in person
  • Maintain a distance of 2m from others where possible

At the dojo

  • Venue should be well-ventilated
  • Practise will be in kihon waza basics, kata forms and kumite at the correct distance
  • There will be no direct partner-to-partner exercises at our children’s classes for any child not wearing a mask
  • Be considerate towards those around you and nearby
  • No loud kiais shouting. Instead, punctuate quietly
  • When performing rei from seiza, you do not need to touch the floor

During training

  • Minimise touch points
  • Breathe naturally
  • Try not to touch your face
  • Use a face towel
  • If practising outdoors, use suncream or layer-up as appropriate
  • Parents should monitor their children during all practise sessions, including online
  • Parents must remain present during all children’s classes
  • Parents should not congregate inside the dojo during mixed classes

Further precautions

  • Maintain hydration but avoid shared or public water sources
  • Bring sanitiser and wipes
  • Keep tissues to hand if needed. Dispose and sanitise
  • Clean your feet after indoor sessions
  • Wash your gi clothes after each session
  • A karate suit is not necessary outside
  • Wear trainers when outside
  • Do not walk across the dojo floor in outdoor shoes
  • Leave your belongings at distance from others’

We can all practise safely with care and consideration towards others