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February 16, 2022

 

Osu everyone!

I'm pleased to announce that we will resume our in-person program for children starting in March.

BC updated the public health orders on February 16 and lifted most of the capacity limits with indoor activities. This allows us to expand our in-person programs.

Although the Covid situation looks like going in the right direction, we should still keep our guard up. If you sign up for our Marchi programs, please keep reading below.

On behalf of the Vancouver Seiyu Karate, I would like to thank you for your continued support.

Best regards,

Shihan Tats Nakamura

SAFETY OPERATIONAL MEASURES

Updated: February 17, 2022
The safety measures below were created based on the updates BC Health Ministry announced on February 16. We set some of the measures more strict than the Public Health Orders to be on the safe side such as mask mandate during workouts. Let's follow the rules below so everyone can enjoy learning and training safely!
(Refer to this page for the current restrictions.)

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Proof of vaccination

All participants 13+ years old including instructors of the teens and adults program, must be fully vaccinated. Their proof of vaccination will be checked upon their arrival for the first class meeting in March.

 

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
     

Before coming to the dojo

  1. If you (or your child) are sick, please stay home.

  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 time indicated below to avoid unnecessary contact with students or people from other groups.

  2. Children: 6:05 pm to 6:15 pm

  3. Teens and Adults: 7:30 pm to 7:45 pm

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

Class size and Spectating

  1. Children: 9 spaces

  2. Teens and Adults Class: 14 spaces

  3. In children's class, spectating is allowed with only one person from each household. They need to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask.

In the Dojo

  1. Masks are mandatory for all students, instructors, and spectators.

  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 kicking pads. This is the only time they may get closer than the 2 meters distance. They must properly wear a face mask.

  4. Kiai is only allowed when the instructor indicates when. Contact sparring may be allowed under the supervision of a black belt.

 

Contact Sparring

  1. Students of the teens and adults class are allowed to have contact sparring after the regular class ends as long as they:

  2. Have a black belt supervise their matches.

  3. Wear shin/instep guards and punching gloves.

  4. Limit the duration of a match to 1 minute and the number of matches to 5 rounds.

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 2.5 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. If not staying for extra training, 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 COVID-19-like symptoms* that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition, or have tested positive for Covid-19,

  5. The instructor will notify other participants by email and ask them to follow the guideline put out by BC at http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/self-isolation/close-contacts.

 

*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.