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.

Training guidelines for mitigating the risk of infection

Our expectations of you

Bookings are required for all sessions

Everybody should wear a mask for the duration their visit

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

Wash hands before and after training

How we practise

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 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 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

What you can also do

Maintain hydration but avoid shared or public 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’

Follow rules, WHO and NHS advice

Stay safe, stay in touch, and keep practising!

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