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. 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 July 14, 2021)

After Washington lifted restrictions at the end of June and we have created new guidelines to create a safe and welcoming environment in the dojo. In short, we are making every effort to only train without masks if every person in the class is fully vaccinated. We also fully support anyone who would like to wear a mask to make themselves feel more comfortable. As of today, all our instructors are fully vaccinated.

Kids Classes - At this time there is no vaccine available for children under 12. The CDC recommends all children wear masks for indoor activities. We support this recommendation and ask that all children wear a mask inside the dojo. We also encourage adults observing or picking kids up from class to wear a mask when inside the dojo.

Teens Classes - Our teen group includes ages 9-15 which creates an interesting challenge. We encourage all students to wear a mask while in the dojo. If all participants in a class have been fully vaccinated then the instructor may conduct the class without masks.

Adult Classes - If all participants in a class have been fully vaccinated then the instructor may conduct the class without masks. If any student in the class has not been fully vaccinated we recommend all participants wear a mask.

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.