Upon returning to training post lockdown, we have introduced new safety measures. These are designed to keep us all safe. They do require us all to be aware of social distancing and hygeine – and we ask that parents help us to keep encouraging your children to respect social distancing and hygiene guidelines laid out below.
First and foremost, any student showing any symptoms of Coronavirus (or having been in contact with anyone showing symptoms) should not come to training and should stay at home.
The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation – STAY AT HOME, and get a test.
Coming to the Training Hall
Students should consider how they will travel to the dojang. It is recommended NOT to use public transport where possible. It is also recommended NOT to car share where possible. Consider using your own car or better still walking or using a bicycle. Most of our venues do offer secure bicycle storage.
We would ask that you change into your doboks before coming to the dojang – changing areas will generally NOT be available. Where possible please do NOT bring anything with you to the training hall – including coats, bags etc. Please use the toilet before you leave home!
Please aim to arrive no more than five minutes before the start of your session. If arriving by car, please wait in your car until 5 minutes before the start of your session. Please wait at the designated spot outside the dojang until you are instructed to come in (please see specific entrance guidelines for each venue). Please leave 2m distance between students / families whilst waiting.
Upon entering, please remove outdoor shoes and leave them in the designated area. Please leave 2m space between each student’s belongings.
When instructed, please enter the dojang 1 by 1 – leaving 2m minimum distance between students. Where possible, parents should NOT accompany their children into the dojang – we would prefer you supervised your child to the entrance of the dojang and no further.
Please use the hand sanitizer upon entry to the dojang.
If you are bringing a drink bottle, please place it on a designated spot around the perimeter of the hall (these will be 2m apart). We do recommend the use where possible of drinks bottles where the spout is covered using a trigger system to uncover the spout – something like this (not endorsed by us, just for reference!).
Parents and spectators are NOT permitted to remain in the dojang. Parents should return to collect their children 5 minutes before the end of their session – again please see the specific instructions for the site.
We will be keeping a register of all student attendance – this is standard practice any way but also enables tracking and tracing should a student fall unwell with covid symptoms after a training session. It is important therefore that all students inform us of any changes to contact details – address details, phone numbers and email addresses. Please use our Update Student Information Form if any details have changed.
We will be training in grade rows as usual – but obviously far more spaced out (3 metres apart). Each student will have a rubber marker on the floor. Where possible we will avoid face to face training.
We will be practicing NON CONTACT TaeKwon-Do – there will be no sparring, drill work or set sparring. Due to the risk of infection we have decided not to use any equipment for the time being – this means no pad-work either. Classes will instead focus on line work and patterns with fitness and sparring skills where we can.
We will not be shaking hands, or ki-haping!
Due to the risk of infection from touching the floor (it’s where any dropets will land after all!), we will not be doing any floor work (press ups, sit ups etc.) during the children’s classes.
Please can adults bring a yoga type mat or large towel along to enable floor work – it is your responsibility to clean your mat once the class is finished (please bring your own antibacterial wipes). If bringing a towel it is recommended you bring it in a washable bag – this can then all be washed along with your dobok after the class.
In order to ensure good ventilation during sessions, we will be leaving doors to the outside open during sessions. We’ll be keeping you moving to stop you getting chilly, don’t worry!
Exiting The Dojang
At the end of the class, please remember to keep to social distancing whilst exiting 1 by 1 through the one way system. Please remember to use the hand sanitizer before exiting.
Please observe the one way systems in place at the different venues.
If you need to have any discussions with Mr Martin after class, we would ask that you do it via telephone or email during the day – we cannot allow groups of students to congregate to speak to him! Doboks can be purchased by pre-arrangement and paid for using online BACS transfer – we will not be taking any cash payments.
It is recommended that all students shower and wash their doboks immediately upon returning home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I wear shoes to train in?
A. Yes, whilst not normally recommended for TaeKwon-Do (due to us kicking each other and kicking pads!) for the time being we are practicing non-contact TaeKwon-Do so wearing non-marking trainers for the sessions is fine.
Q. Should I wear a face mask?
A. The wearing of face masks whilst exerting yourself hard is not recommended by the World Health Organisation. We will not be requiring students to wear them during training; we won’t stop you, but we think you’ll find it hard going, and you’ll get very hot! Remember students will be training at 3 metres distance and we will be leaving external doors open to increase ventilation.
Q. Will you still be doing Zoom sessions?
A. Maybe! Once we are up and running with six nights a week training that leaves little time to squeeze in zoom sessions too! We may try experimenting with live zoom of the in-class sessions – watch this space! We may also put on additional sessions either on zoom or outdoors in parks if weather permits. We do know that some of you don’t feel happy to return to dojangs yet, or have health conditions meaning you still need to shield – and we want to keep you on board! Please do talk to us (text, email, facebook message, telephone, smoke signals..) about what you want and we’ll see what we can do to accommodate you (but remember, there is only ONE OF ME!).
Q. Will there be gradings?
A. The next coloured belt grading will be due in October, I am guessing that it will happen at the Bristol TaeKwon-Do Academy. If it does, I don’t believe there will be any set sparring or sparring, but we have no further details to give you yet.
Q. What about black belt gradings?
A. I believe the next black belt grading will take place at the Bristol TaeKwon-Do Academy in October. I don’t have any details yet, but as with the coloured belt gradings, expect it to be a very different format to what you are used to!
Q. Will there be any competitions?
A. It seems unlikely. We had an online children’s patterns competition over the summer which proved very successful. Moving forwards I cannot rule out real life patterns competitions and/or more online patterns competitions – clearly there will be no sparring yet! As the TaeKwon-Do world is only just opening up, what we’re doing and how we’re doing it is only just being formulated.
Q. Will I need to renew my yearly licence?
A. If you are hoping to take a grading in October and your licence has expired or will expire before then, I would suggest you need to renew your licence as soon as possible.
Q. Do I need to be paying my monthly TaeKwon-Do Training Subscriptions?
A. Yes! Many of you have been training with me on Zoom and in parks. Whilst this was not what you originally signed on for, you have supported me by continuing with your monthly subscriptions – THANK YOU! In part, the clubs survival is down to you! Some of you weren’t able to continue with your monthly subscriptions during lockdown – we still encouraged you to train. We would ask that you now please resume your monthly payments of £40 per student ASAP. The clubs cannot survive – we cannot pay the hall hire – without subscriptions.