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COVID-19 and ongoing Martial Arts training

March 21, 2020 | Sensei Smith

WE ARE OPEN FOR TRAINING (for now!)

Dear friends, students and families of Philotimo
By now you'll be aware that COVID-19 is changing life as we know it in every possible way.

Sports are closing down everywhere and kids are at a loss for organized sport and physical exercise - parents too.
Fortunately, due to our proactive approach from the start the current COVID-19 situation, as well as our ability to be flexible with syllabus and content, all of our classes are still running with minimal disruption.

Should schools be ordered to close, we are able and ready to switch to online content immediately, along with weekly 15 minute one-on-one skype lessons for every student in the dojo for as long as needed.
If you are looking for an activity that is safe, fun and easily available four days a week, give us a call.

From the very first week back 2020, PHILOTIMO brought in strict measures around Hand sanitizing, cleanliness, health, safety, and training in an environment forever changed by the Coronavirus.
Our Health and Safety policy is strictly enforced for all students and parents.

While schools are open, there is no logic in ceasing training. Most schools have students in more cramped and unsanitary conditions than those found in most martial arts schools. Our dojo is cleaned professionally four times a week, and all equipment, mats and communal areas (doorknobs, railings, benches, chairs, bathrooms, kitchen facilities etc) are treated with disinfectant before and after every class.

Due to our small class sizes, we are easily able to meet the current NSW and Federal Govt Guidelines for indoor gatherings with the appropriate measures of 2msq per person, and appropriate physical distancing between students.

For the sake of the mental health of our teenage girls, I strongly encourage girls to continue training, and of course for new girls to come and try a class. We ask all students, current and new, to follow these guidelines ;

Parents AND students .. when you arrive, please go directly to the hand sanitizing station.

WASH your hands for 20 seconds, then pat them dry on paper towel which should go immediately into the bin.
Parents may need to assist young children with this.

Hand washing with soap and spritzing with antibacterial spray is our best defence.
Please immediately spritz with the antibac bottle immediately after hand washing. Again, parents will need to assist young children with this.

Personal hygeine is paramount please stay home if you are sick or have family members who are sick. This includes family and friends who "just have a cold". Unless you are a doctor, you don't know what it really is. Please stay away for 14 days. Better to make up classes than infect the whole dojo.

OTHER THINGS YOU NEED TO DO!

Please wear a clean uniform every class. That means washing your uniform after every class.

If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. We do not care if it is a cold or a sniffle, you cannot guess. Stay home.

If you have been in contact with someone who is in self-isolation for 14 days we ask you to stay away from training until their isolation is over, to ensure you are not also infectious.

Please do not come to training if you have had close contact with anyone confirmed to have contracted the virus.

Even though it is silly, don't shake hands or high five, please just bow. The fact of the matter is, not shaking hands will not stop your hands from touching the potential virus on other surfaces, but let's go ahead and do it in line with govt advice!

FINALLY....
IF schools close down, we will be forced to close physical classes. If this happens, we will deliver all classes via direct video from our home to yours, accounting for space, equipment and safety so that we can still train together and practice our skills. Students will be able to train in a small space at home, and we will ensure everyone can learn things that do not require lots of room or fancy mats. 

There is always a way to keep training! I will leave you with a classic Chuck Norris Meme. You know it had to happen!For now, stay safe and we will see you in class.

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