Dear Deshi, Budoka and Parents of the Dojo,
I hope this all finds you well and in good health. It has been a year since the pandemic started and as we played it safe, I believe that very few people in our Dojo have been sick and no one from their time here. I hope you all have played it safe and with my previous communications know that I have kept the Dojo and we have had small private training with my Black Belt Deshi plus Eric and Lina your Senpai only during this time. Everyone has improved immensely.
Since the pandemic is indicating a level off; people are being vaccinated and because I am hearing from our students expressing a need for their training I have agreed to and plan/hope to reopen the Dojo in the coming weeks. Once the "tier" goes to red, we are legally allowed to have small classes here at the Dojo. We will have some outside classes as well and will keep the classes to about 10 students or so. Classes will be without contact at first and with the same protocols we are going by now for safety. So, here is some of the information you need:
Arrival and Training:
-Arrive dressed to train if possible and in mask; Sanitize hands; Check your temperature; Sign in and go to your spot on the floor for training. If you have Kobudo implements, bring them to one of the X's on the floor which will be the vicinity of where you will train.
-Please as always if you have any indication you are not feeling well, please stay home and train another day. This is even more important now but has always been our policy.
-Then enjoy your training.
Tuesday & Thursday 5:30-7:00 pm.: Advanced students only. If you want to join this class now and are Brown belt or above please call me and we can talk about it.
8:30 am - 10:00 am.: Bleak belts and 1st Kyu students only.
10:00 am - 10:25 am : Soji training with class 1.
10:30 am - 11:30 am : Intermediate adults: Any current student blue belt or above or with my permission.
When we officially reopen I plan to start with the following schedule providing we have enrollment to support the classes:
Tuesday & Thursday
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm :Kids class beginning.
5;30 pm - 6:20pm : Kids intermediate.
6:30 pm -7:45 pm : Adult or by permission.
8:30 am -10:00 am : Advanced students only.
10:30 am -11:30 am : All intermediate students.
Dues: As our dues are lower than the standard for the area and beyond, it will stay the same. If you had paid for the month of March 2020 please enjoy your first month paid and I appreciate your patience and trust of me and my office staff during your break. .
I am excited to write this email to you and look forward to continuing your education in the martial arts. This is something that you have that no one can take away from you and with the times as they are, your training and practice has become even more important to you and your family's safety.
I am available for discussion at any time, have missed all of you and look forward to a slow, careful and beneficial re-start to our training together.
Yours in Karate-do,
Shihan Stephen Curley