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.
New Adult Beginners from Monday 31st May
At present there are still some restrictions around adult training, so whilst we are able to run our adult classes, we do have a somewhat limited schedule at present with some restrictions in place on the level of contact permitted in training for those over 18 years.
We are however still able to welcome new adult members, and will be re-opening our dedicated beginners-only classes in a couple of weeks after the bank holiday weekend, so if you are interested in getting started please get in touch as soon as possible and we’ll ensure you’re on the mailing list for the all-important information about new beginners classes.
Rest assured, we are working very closely with our association (The British Martial Arts and Boxing Association) to ensure we comply with all official guidance and requirements, and will be keeping our members informed by email and our private members group on Facebook.
The Government Roadmap out of Lockdown
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 2 – Indoor Children’s Activities can resume
– Gyms can open for individual training
– Non-essential retail can re-open
Stage 3 – Indoor Adults Classes can resume
Stage 4 – Most social restrictions lifted
From Monday 17th May we are now in Stage 3 and will be open for classes again with immediate effect.
Part of the government policy is that certain activities are permitted on when covered by an approved ‘return to play’ document, which is essentially a risk assessment with specific guidance for a particular style
As our traditional ‘base’ style is Taekwondo, we are covered by the policy submitted by the British Taekwondo Council, and also as we include freestyle/kickboxing in our training there is a second document which has been approved for Englang Kickboxing, which specifically covers our association the BMABA.
These documents are linked below.
Certain key points are also clarified on the government website. We have included screen grabs and a link below too.
The essential basic summary is:
- Junior classes can resume with almost no restrictions other than when an instructor is holding equipment for the children they must wear a mask and gloves (or use hand sanitiser).
- Adults may only train on a strictly individual basis with no contact drills permitted except when training with members of their own family, or some strictly limited equipment use when the equipment is held by an instructor wearing PPE as above and the equipment is not shared (or is sanitised before / after use)
It is currently expected that all students will be able to resume normal indoor / contact training again from the end of june.
- DCMS Combat Sports Framework
Return to Play Documents
- British Martial Arts and Boxing Association (May 17th Update)
- England Kickboxing
- British Taekwondo
- BTC Return to Play roadmap
- BTC COVID-19 Update 12th May 2021
Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions, and please checkout the NHS website for their currnt advice and updates etc