COVID-19 News

About in-person training

Vaccinations have been a game changer for our training. We strongly encourage everyone who can, to get vaccinated to protect yourself and our dojo community. As of July 2021 an overwhelming number of our adult and teen members are fully vaccinated which has given us the confidence to resume teaching hand techniques again. On October 25, 2021 King County will require all individuals 12 and older to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to train in the dojo. Our classes include physical contact with other students and close proximity interactions. Though the dojo is indoors, we are using a collection of fans to keep fresh air moving through the space at all times. Instructors are also limiting the training to a slower pace to reduce extreme physical exertion.

Current guidelines for in-person training (Updated September 17, 2021)

New guidelines for King County have been published which state that all gyms must be fully masked. In addition, on October 25 2021, all individuals 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to train. All our instructors and the board are fully vaccinated and all classes going forward will be fully masked. We are still training with hand technique with full contact, but all participants will be masked. Adults observing or picking kids up from class must also wear a mask when inside the dojo.

We look forward to training with you again when you're comfortable returning to the dojo. Before you do, please consider the following questions:

  1. To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19?

  2. Have you had a temperature of 100.4°F or higher in the last 48 hours?

  3. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?

  4. Have you had a loss of taste or smell?

  5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

  6. Have you or anyone in our household traveled internationally or in the U.S. in the past 14 days?

If you answered “YES” to ANY of the above, Please Stay Home. We are using an abundance of caution to keep our community safe during these trying times. We are doing contract tracing to ensure we can let our community know if any COVID-19 cases arise. If you or your family members test positive for COVID-19 and you have visited the dojo, please contact us. We will notify anyone who has trained with you and make them aware that there is a risk of contagion without revealing any identifying information.

Below is a list of all the new policies we have altered due to COVID-19, copies of these documents are posted in the dojo.

2020-06-20 Dojo Liability Release Form : An updated liability release form including references for COVID-19. Please print a copy of this document and sign it before returning to train. When you arrive at the dojo, please give your signed copy to the instructor.

2020-06-20 Heightened Hygiene Protocol : A description of the new protocols that will be used to reduce contact and minimize risk while training.

2020-06-20 Blood-borne Pathogen Policy : An updated policy for blood-borne pathogens updated to reflect the risks associated with COVID-19.

25th Anniversary Seminar cancelled

Unfortunately, to stay safe in the light of COVID-19, we do not see any opportunity to bring our community together to train in person at the scale of a seminar in 2021. Thank you all for your support.