Adult Karate Update: September 16th, 2021

You have likely already heard the new Public Health protocols laid out by the provincial government. 
The full protocols are available here: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

In response to these measures, the BKA will implement the following changes to the adult program, effective immediately:

Adult Classes: 

As of Thursday, Sept 16:

  • Implement Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of double vaccination from all adult members to be able to attend classes
    • “Check-in” table to confirm and document proof of vaccination before class
    • Proof of vaccination only need be presented once
  • Implement Restrictions Exemption Program as above for any youth program members wishing to also attend adult classes
  • Suspend high intensity interval/cardio portion of strength training; will reassess every 2 weeks
  • Suspend all partner work; will reassess every 2 weeks
  • To reduce numbers on the floor, Friday adult classes will no longer have a crossover period between 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Students may either arrive at the 6:00 pm start time, or at the 7:30 pm start time. Students who start at 6:00 pm are welcome to attend the full 3 hrs if they so desire. 
  • Reinforce symptom screening before class
    • Symptom checklist prominently displayed at entrance to facility
    • Students are asked to review symptom checklist at home before class, and not attend if they screen positive
  • Continue with enhanced cleaning protocols, open windows for airflow, etc., as outlined in previously circulated Covid policy (available on website)

The BKA will continue to monitor, react to, and exceed recommended public health measures.

With regards to the Restrictions Exemption Program, proof of vaccination with both doses can be provided in the following ways:

  • Print out/screenshot of vaccination statement from https://myhealth.alberta.ca/myhealthrecords
  • Print out/screenshot of vaccination card from https://myhealth.alberta.ca/myhealthrecords (available as of Sunday Sept 19)
  • Hard copy/photograph/screenshot of vaccination sheet provided at time of vaccination

The BKA is committed to acting in the best interest of the health and wellbeing of its members, and fully supports this policy enacted by the provincial government.  With this program in place, you and your fellow club members will be able to continue to train in an activity you enjoy, in a safe, responsible, and stress-free way.  Not following this policy would have required a shut down of club operations for the foreseeable future and full transition back to ZOOM.  

Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we navigate the pandemic.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

We look forward to seeing you at the dojo!

Youth Karate Update: September 16th, 2021

You have likely already heard the new Public Health protocols laid out by the provincial government.
The full protocols are available here: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx

The BKA is committed to acting in the best interest of the health and wellbeing of its members, and in enabling students to continue to train in a safe, responsible, and stress-free way. Of note, our existing Covid policy already follows many of the restrictions outlined in the latest provincial guidance. 

In response to these new measures, the BKA will take the following actions effective immediately:

Youth Classes:
Falls under “18 and under” restrictions.

As of Thursday, Sept 16:

  • Reinforce symptom screening before class
    • Implement temporary “check-in” screening table before class for at least the next two weeks
    • Symptom checklist prominently displayed at entrance to facility
    • Parents/students are asked to review symptom checklist at home before class, and not attend if they screen positive
  • Suspend all partner work; will reassess every 2 weeks
  • 2 m social distancing at all times
  • Instructors will be masked at all times
  • Parent/spectator seating will be limited and distanced
  • Continue with enhanced cleaning protocols, open windows for airflow, etc., as outlined in previously circulated Covid policy (available on website)

The BKA will continue to monitor, react to, and exceed recommended public health measures.

For any older youth program students who also wish to attend adult program classes:

The adult program is subject to different restrictions and in particular will be implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program to be able to continue to operate. This means that youth program students will be required to provide proof of double vaccination in order to attend adult classes. Note that this only applies to students who wish to attend adult program classes. Students only attending youth program classes DO NOT need to provide proof of vaccination.

Proof of vaccination with both doses can be provided in the following ways:

  • Print out/screenshot of vaccination statement from https://myhealth.alberta.ca/myhealthrecords
  • Print out/screenshot of vaccination card from https://myhealth.alberta.ca/myhealthrecords (available as of Sunday Sept 19)
  • Hard copy/photograph/screenshot of vaccination sheet provided at time of vaccination

Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we navigate the pandemic.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

We look forward to seeing you at the dojo!

August Training

BKA strongly encourages full vaccination (i.e. 2 doses) against the Covid-19 virus for all members.

BKA commits to following all guidance set forth by the City of Edmonton and Alberta Health Services.

Summer classes may be taught outdoors in the grass or on the back tarmac if the weather allows.  Please bring appropriate footwear for training outdoors.  

During summer training students can choose whether to wear their gi or an athletic top.  We recommend that students bring a gi top in their bag, in case of partnered work involving gripping.

Partnered Training

  • BKA will not do any group interactive drills for the duration of the Summer/Fall 2021 terms (i.e. rolling line, roaming striking shields, etc). 
  • BKA will commit to offering both partnered and solo versions of drills for the duration of the Summer/Fall 2021 terms.
  • Notes on partnered activities: 
    • If two students are comfortable working as partners in the class for drills, they are welcome to do so, but both partners must agree to this on an individual basis.
    • No student should feel obligated to work with a partner if they are uncomfortable doing so. Solo versions of all drills will also be offered. 
    • If partnering, BKA asks that students stick with a single dedicated partner as often as you can.  
      • If your partner is not available and there is another person on the floor available to partner, students may do so at their discretion and comfort level, and both must agree to this on an individual basis.

As a reminder, if you feel unwell, stay home. 

BKA will continue to practice enhanced cleaning measures (see full documentation of Covid precautions) as well as providing hand sanitizer at all dojo entrances.

Karate Summer Schedule / BKA Summer Celebration

Club Members, 

With the completion of the clinic series, we have shifted to fully in person classes for the remainder of the summer.We appreciate the continued training each of you has done on Zoom over the past several months.

Summer Term Class Schedule (concludes on September 5th, 2021).
• Tuesday All Ranks Classes (6:30PM – 8:30PM)
• Friday All Ranks Classes (6:30PM – 8:30PM)
• Sunday All Ranks Classes (6:00PM – 8:00PM)

BKA Summer Celebration
The BKA will host our return to dojo summer celebration on Tuesday July 20th, 2021 (from ~8:30PM-9:00PM).  This is a delay of one week due to instructor and student availability.
Come out and celebrate the accomplishments of the organization and its members over the past 18 months.  Awards and rankings will be presented.  The instructor team would love to get photos of everyone at this event, so if you can make it out, please attend! :-).

July 2021 Return to the Dojo

The time has come for the return to the dojo!

Effective Friday July 2nd, in person classes will resume at the Grandview dojo for Black Belts only on Tuesdays and Fridays (until the end of the clinic series).  Black belts may still join classes via zoom if they prefer during this window.  All kyu belts are welcome via zoom.

Effective Sunday July 4th, Sunday classes will resume at the Grandview dojo for all ranks (outdoors).

Effective Tuesday July 13th, all ranks are welcomed back to the Grandview dojo for all classes.

Sunday Zoom sessions will end with the class on June 27th.
Tuesday and Friday Zoom sessions will end with the completion of the clinic series on July 9th.

Summer Class Times effective Tuesday July 13th
Tuesday/Friday Classes: 6:30PM – 8:30PM (All Ranks)
Sunday Class: 6:00PM – 8:00PM (All Ranks)

Class Structure Notes

BKA strongly encourages full vaccination (i.e. 2 doses) against the Covid-19 virus for all members.

BKA commits to following all guidance set forth by the City of Edmonton and Alberta Health Services.

All classes for the month of July will be socially distanced.  

Classes are planned to be taught outdoors in the grass or on the back tarmac.  Please bring appropriate footwear for training outdoors.  During summer training students can choose whether to wear their gi or an athletic top.  We recommend that students bring a gi top in their bag, in case of partnered work involving gripping.

Should weather prevent us from training outdoors (heat or storms), we will move into the dojo, and remain distanced.

Partnered Work (tentative start: August 2021, subject to change)

  • BKA will not do any group interactive drills for the duration of the Summer 2021 term (i.e. rolling line, roaming striking shields, etc). 
  • BKA will commit to offering both partnered and solo versions of drills for the duration of the Summer 2021 term.
  • Notes on partnered activities: 
    • If two students are comfortable working as partners in the class for drills, they are welcome to do so, but both partners must agree to this on an individual basis.
    • No student should feel obligated to work with a partner if they are uncomfortable doing so. Solo versions of all drills will also be offered. 
    • If partnering, BKA asks that students stick with a single dedicated partner for the time being.

As a reminder, if you feel unwell, stay home. 

BKA will continue to practice enhanced cleaning measures (see full documentation of Covid precautions) as well as providing hand sanitizer at all dojo entrances. 

Club Celebration Day on July 13th, 2021
On our first official class back for all members on (Tuesday July 13th), we will take some time at the end of class to celebrate the accomplishments of the members of our organization in the past year.  Come out to support the organization, and your fellow club members!  Pictures will be taken! 🙂

Thank you everyone.  Please feel free to reach out to myself or Sensei Bernadine if you have any questions.

– Senseis Scott and Bernadine