We have had our first classes for karate, aikido, and yoga since having to shut down. For karate and aikido, we are only doing things that do not involve contact. Kata and floor exercises for karate. Weapons for aikido. Yoga of course is not a problem as that is always no contact.
Participants are asked to follow the following rules:
- Don’t come to class if you don’t feel well, especially if you have a fever, chills, coughing, sneezing, or problems breathing, or any other symptoms of this virus, or if you have been in contact with somebody who does. In previous communications I assumed this was too obvious to state, but nothing is too obvious.
- Wear a face mask to enter and leave the dojo, and maintain 6 ft separation. We do have to use the door to get in and out, and the office area and changing room are small.
- Wear your gi to the dojo. The changing room is unavailable at this time.
- Wear a face mask for anything involving getting close to somebody else, like pairs practice with weapons. Generally for pairs practice, we will still be six feet apart, but barely.
I will sanitize the dojo regularly, particularly things like door handles that everybody touches. Good thing we usually bow in the dojo, rather than shaking hands.
Visitors are still welcome. In the event we have too many people to practice safely, we will work out in the parking lot. Generally with weapons, you want more than six feet of separation anyway, especially for techniques like katate hachi no ji gaeshi.