How to enjoy karate safely during the pandemic

We’ve all made lifestyle changes in order 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 travelling to our venues to participate in person or joining our online sessions from home, karate can be enjoyed safely by adhering to public health recommendations, being considerate towards others and applying some good old fashioned common sense.

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. 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 rules, WHO and NHS advice

Stay safe, stay in touch, and keep practising!

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