Coronavirus Information

We understand this is a very worrying time for many people, so we want to  assure our members we are taking every precaution with respect to the coronavirus/Covid19 pandemic and our martial arts training.

Our chief instructor Master Olpin has completed a specific course with the British Martial Arts and Boxing Association (BMABA) on Covid-19 awareness and coaching during this time. There is a copy of his certification for this to the right of this page.  

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact him directly.

Resuming Classes from Monday 12th April

On 22 February 2021, the Government published its ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ which set out how national coronavirus restrictions would be eased in stages, with reviews taking place on set dates.

Stage 1 – Indoor Childrens Activities can resume
– Gyms can open for individual training
– Non-essential retail can re-open

Stage 2 – Indoor Adults Classes can resume

Stage 3 – Most social restrictions lifted

They key thing for us at this stage is that from next Monday we can resume junior classes.

We’re waiting on confirmation about some rather political things going on about what is and isn’t allowed, and until that’s confirmed we’ll need to remain on a non-contact basis as we were before xmas, but we’re hopeful and awaiting confirmation from the BMABA that we should shortly be able to resume more ‘normal’ training, including favourite activities such as bag/page work, partner drills and sparring.

There is actually a big political fuss going on about this at the moment as the powers that be have decreed that each individual martial arts style needs to have a ‘Return to Play’ risk assessment document specifically signed off by govt to allow that style to resume contact drills, and they are only accepting one such document per style, even though there are hundreds of different organisations and thousands of independent schools teaching these same arts. This is clearly daft as there is so much cross-over in the martial arts world and the BMABA are championing the cause for the independent schools, so it’s very much a case of ‘watch this space’ at the moment. Suffice to say  though we *should* be ok as it seems highly likely that both Taekwondo and Kickboxing will be top of the list for approval, and the BMABA are working hard to  gain approval for the world of MMA in the sense of truly ‘mixed’ martial arts which is quite a blanket term coving most of the principles-based and freestyle martial arts organisations.

The most important thing though is that none of this means we can’t train, it’s purely relating to the amount of contact allowed. Next week we’ll be back and raring to go!

Further reading:

  • https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2021/03/29/protecting-ourselves-and-each-other-as-we-move-out-of-lockdown/
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary#roadmap-out-of-lockdown
  • https://mybmaba.org.uk/easter-weekend-summary-for-england-dcms-return-to-play/

Introduction

Covid-19 hasn’t gone away. And as we know it is still affecting us all in many different ways. However, we are allowed to run our classes again, for which we are all very grateful, but of course we need to be careful to minimise any risk to ourselves and our fellow students.

The following notes are important so please read them carefully


If you feel ill you must not come to class

As always please do not come to the school or bring your child to training if there is any suspicion of Covid-19 symptoms within your household, including;

  • Generally feeling unwell
  • High temperature
  • Persistent coughing or sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell

This is sensible advice for *any* time, not just during this virus pandemic.

If any member of your household has been advised to self-isolate then you must follow all official advice and isolate yourselves for the required 14 day period.

Please do not come to class or bring your child to training if you have recently returned from travelling to any of the areas currently known to be affected by outbreaks of Covid-19/ Coronavirus.  Contact your doctor for more information.

Any persons who come to the school showing any symptom of illness (however mild) will be asked to leave. Please help us to avoid this embarrassing situation by heeding the advice given above


Personal Hygiene

In an effort to follow best advice, improve hygiene and reduce the possibility of transmission within our academy, we ask that all members and visitors wash their hands thoroughly upon arrival at the school, as well as continuing to practise good hygiene as one would normally expect for a martial arts practitioner (i.e. shower before and after training, was your uniform after every use, don’t share personal equipment etc).

We will ensure that our training pads/bags are properly cleaned with disinfectant wipes before/after any session when they are used in class.


At the School

  • Observe social distancing at all times, both in an outside the premises.
  • Please take note of any notices at the school
  • Please don’t enter the building until invited to do so and previous classes have left.
  • We’ll welcome the students in at the cloakroom door and will ask parents and other visitors to remain outside the school unless they have a specific need to be in class.
  • You are of course always welcome to observe classes, but would ask you to maintain strict social distancing if you do need to come in and it will be STRICTLY one adult spectator only, no additional children or any other persons in the hall.
  • Wash your hands before & after class, or use hand sanitizer
  • We will have a short gap between classes to sanitise contact surfaces such as door handles
  • Please remain only in the areas we use for training and avoid contact with any other areas.

During Class

  • We must maintain social distancing wherever feasibly possible, so primarily we will be training in-place with markers on the floor for all students to maintain the recommended 2m distancing
  • At present we will adjust training activities to focus on solo training and will not be doing any partner drills or sparring activities until advised otherwise by the BMABA.   
  • Please do not bring any sparring gear or other non-essential items into the school unless advised otherwise.
  • We may be able to do some bag/pad drills soon, but will require all students to have a pair of personal bag gloves to do so, which must be sanitised before and after each session. These can be purchased online at a very reasonable cost or supplied by the school (we’ll get some at trade discount).
  • Uniforms should be washed between classes.   If this is an issue for you then it is acceptable to wear a PLAIN black or white coloured t-shirt for the second class of the week, but please no ‘fashion’ shirts or fancy designs.
  • Although the floor is relatively low risk, as we are unable to clear the floor between classes, we are happy for students to train in appropriate footwear.   This means lightweight flat trainers/daps only though please, no big chunky shoes and nothing which will mark the floor.

Further Information

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions, and please checkout the NHS website for their currnt advice and updates etc


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