September 1, 2021


Osu everyone!

Thank you for your registration to take part in the training program of the downtown dojo.

With the Delta variant spreading rapidly, we still have to keep our hands up against Covid-19.

On behalf of the Vancouver Seiyu Karate, I would like to thank you for your continued support. I look forward to training with you through the fall. Osu!

Shihan Tats Nakamura


Updated: September 1st, 2021
The safety measures below were created based on the updates BC Health Ministry announced on August 25. We set some of the measures more strict than the Provincial Health Order to be on the safe side such as keeping class size less than 50 percent capacity. Let's follow the rules below so everyone can enjoy learning and training safely!


Proof of vaccination

According to the Government of BC, by September 13, we will require our teens and adults to have at least one dose. By October 24, entry to our dojo requires our teens and adults to be fully vaccinated at least seven days after receiving both doses.


What to bring with you to the dojo other than training gear

  1. A small bottle of hand sanitizer for all

  2. A face mask for all students

Before coming to the dojo

  1. All students will receive the Covid-19 self-assessment online form. Please submit it within a 60-min time frame before their class begins.

  2. Change into dogi (karate uniform) at home if possible. This will decrease the number of trips that students make to the change room in the dojo. It will then lower the risk of infection by avoiding unnecessary contact with the door and knobs.

Arrival Times

  1. All students are expected to arrive at the designated times below to avoid unnecessary contact with students or people from other groups.

  2. Students of the children's class: Between 6:05 pm and 6:15 pm.

  3. Students of the teens/adults class: Between 7:20 pm and 7:30 pm.

  4. If the instructor sees a student arrive with the Covid symptoms, they will be asked to not train.

Class size and No Spectators Allowed

  1. Each class will have up to six students.

  2. Under the physical distancing rules, the entrance area is too small for six people to spectate a class. Therefore, parents are asked to leave after drop-off and come back for pick-up.

In the Dojo

  1. Masks are mandatory for all students and instructors in the Dojo.

  2. All students must have their own hand sanitizer and should use it as they enter the dojo after touching the doorknob or the training equipment. Students should refrain from touching their faces after entering the dojo.

  3. All students and instructors are required to keep 2 meters distance from others.

  4. All students and instructors must cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeves or tissue.

  5. One student should use the change room at once; if the change room is being used, wait outside the door (maintaining 2 meters distance from others who are waiting) until the change room is free.

  6. Students should wipe down surfaces they touch (sink taps, toilet handles) with warm water and soap on a paper towel before exiting the change room, and should wash their hands thoroughly before leaving.

  7. All students need to wash their hands thoroughly or use their own hand sanitizer before a class begins.


During Class

  1. When class is started, take your position at a designated spot that is marked on the floor. The marks are placed 2 meters apart.

  2. Each student is required to stay at the same spot throughout a class unless the instructor asks them to move to a certain spot so that students can practice Kata.

  3. Students of the teens/adults class will use a kicking pad. This is the only time they may get closer than the 2 meters distance. They must properly wear a face mask.

  4. Kiai is not allowed in Kihon. But it is OK to Kiai in Ido and Kata.

  5. Contact training is not allowed, including the correction of body position by instructors, sparring, and hand-shaking.

Contact Sparring

  1. After a regular class, colored belts (Orange to Black Belt) who wish to have a sparring practice may do so only when they meet all of the conditions outlined below.

    • Fully vaccinated (14 days after the second dose)

    • Masks mandatory

    • Have all protective gear (Gloves, shin pads, knee pads, headgear for under 19)

    • Supervised by at least one black belt instructor


If a Student Develops Symptoms

  1. If a student develops symptoms, they will be separated from others in a designated area near the exit door.

  2. The instructor will provide them with tissues to cover their coughs, contact family members to immediately pick the student up, and remain 2 meters distant at all times until their family member comes to pick them up.

  3. The class will be dismissed immediately.

  4. The instructor will conduct facility cleaning, and maintain diligent hand hygiene.

  5. At any time, the instructor may call 811 if they think it’s necessary, to notify a potential case and seek further input from the authority.

After Class

  1. All students are encouraged to leave the dojo without unnecessary delay.

  2. Students are encouraged to use their own hand sanitizer as they leave the dojo.

  3. If possible, leave with dogi on instead of changing in the change room.

  4. Students are required to notify the instructor by email or phone if they have cold, flu, or COVID-19-like symptoms* that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, have tested positive for Covid-19, have been in close contact with someone who is confirmed as COVID-positive, or have traveled outside the country

  5. Under any of these circumstances, unless tested for COVID-19 and test results come back negative, students are not permitted to attend a class for 10 days (or 14 days if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested as COVID positive).


*Symptoms include fever, chills, cough or worsening of chronic cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches.