How to enjoy karate safely during the pandemic

We’ve all adapted our lifestyle to try to limit the spread of Covid-19. But we must still remain active for our physical and mental wellbeing. Karate, practised as outlined below, is a great way to do both.

Whether joining our online sessions from home or travelling to our venues to participate in person*, karate can be enjoyed safely by adhering to public health recommendations, being considerate towards others and applying some good old fashioned common sense…

*Subject to current restrictions

Training guidelines for mitigating the risk of infection

Our expectations of you

Bookings are required for all indoor and outdoor sessions

Arrive in good time 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

Those age 11 and above should wear a mask for the duration their visit and throughout indoor venue sessions

Wash hands before and after training

How we practise

Venue should be well-ventilated

Practise will be in kihon waza basics and kata forms, with some kumite at accepted distance

There will be no direct kumite partner work

Be considerate towards those around you and nearby

No kiais shouting. Instead, punctuate quietly

Rei will mainly be from standing. When performed from seiza, do not touch the floor

During the session

Minimise touch points

Try not to touch your face

Use a face towel

Breathe naturally

If practising outdoors, use suncream or layer-up as appropriate

Parents should monitor their children whilst online. Parents of young children must remain present during all classes where possible

Parents should not congregate inside the dojo. It may be necessary to wait outside

What you can also do

Maintain hydration but avoid shared sources

Keep tissues to hand if needed. Dispose and sanitise

Bring sanitiser and wipes

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’

Follow Gov.uk rules, WHO and NHS advice

Stay safe, stay in touch, and keep practising!

Get in touch… without actually touching