Statement on COVID-19

Statement on COVID-19 Outbreak: Current Precautions and Preparedness
Updated March 12, 2020

For the benefit of those concerned about COVID-19, we want to offer our reassurance that we are monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization, Government of Canada, and Government of Alberta and are prepared to respond as necessary to further developments. We are also studying what other sport clubs and martial arts organizations are doing in response to COVID-19.

The safety of our Membership, Instructors, and the wider Community are our chief concern.

1. Current Precautions

The risk of contracting COVID-19 remains LOW to Albertans at this time.

To ensure everyone’s safety and to help with the slowing the spread of illness in general, we encourage all students to wash their hands thoroughly and often. Students should also ensure that their uniform is washed after every class. In addition, the following changes to class etiquette and training will occur, effective immediately:

1. All students must either wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer prior to coming onto the floor. At our Grandview location, there is a sanitizer dispenser right inside the main dojo entrance.

2. Effective immediately, no club equipment will be used as part of training. This means no striking shields, focus mitts, weights or strength training equipment or communal club hand-pads will be used.

3. Effective immediately, no close-range “body-on-body” training or kumite drills will be done. More generally, and as guidance for instructors, any activity that could risk students touching each other will cease.

4. In the case of our Grandview Training location, we are in contact with the Community Hall to understand what additional cleaning tasks are occurring. For now, prior to every class, Instructors will wipe door knobs and handles with disinfectant.

If you are feeling unwell for any reason, stay home.

Our instructors will be reinforcing these precautions with students at the start of every class.

We ask that if anyone has visited a Grand Princess Cruise, Iran, Italy, or China’s Hubei province in the last 14 days, please self-isolate until two weeks have passed since their return, even if you
are feeling well. We encourage everyone to follow government-recommended travel precautions at this time, including limiting non-essential travel, especially by air.

Anyone who has experienced any of the following, regardless of recent travel, should self- isolate and call Health Link at 811:
– Contact with someone who was suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19
– Time spent in a health-care facility
– Symptoms such as cough, fever, or tiredness

2. Preparedness for Potential Further Required Action

Unless otherwise advised through guidance from the AB Chief Medical Officer, the Government, or from Governing Bodies for our sport or sports like ours, the Club will remain open and operational with the modifications outlined above. In the event that a closure is necessary, we will communicate the details of that closure and provide updates as more information becomes available and circumstances unfold.

In advance of any upcoming events, we will closely monitor updated information to ensure that we are following guidelines pertaining to limiting the amount of people who are gathered at one time as needed.

Recommended Resources

– Health Link: 811
– Government of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
– Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
– World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Happy New Year!

To all members and supporters of the Bushido Karate Association, a heartfelt thank you for making it possible for us to share a set of values and passion for self-improvement. I am looking forward to 2020 and the journey we will all take together. Happy New Year everyone!

October Black Belt Grading Results

Congratulations to Sensei Natty Aytenfisu and Sensei Elise Leong-Sit. Sensei Natty received his 3rd dan yesterday, while Sensei Elise moved to 2nd dan. I had the opportunity to watch them on the floor, and both were outstanding! What a great way to cap off our 25th Anniversary as an organization.

Tournament Team Year 3 Members

Announcing our year three BKA Tournament Team!

Congratulations to our new team members: Claire, Natalie, Cristina, Stefan, Mia, Jackson, Ethan, Emily, Kira, Ava, Lauren, Simon, and Kai.

Head Coaches: Scott Knowles, Bernadine Jugdutt
Assistant Coaches: Mike Reynolds, Adam Knowles
Junior Coaches: Michael Chmay, Sidney Taylor

2019/2020 BKA Tournament Team Information

Club Members,

We are excited to launch year three of our BKA Tournament Team!  Our team members received specialized training at exclusive training sessions throughout the year, and every member saw successes at the events they attended.  We’re now ready to select our new team!  The selection process is available for members ranked Green and up, and will be hosted on September 29th at the Grandview Dojo.

Check out the link below for more information, and please contact us if you have any questions.  To register to participate in the tryouts process, please take a moment to fill out the registration form online.

If you are interested in trying out for this year’s team, please complete your application at the link below by September 27th, 2019.

http://edmonton-karate.com/tournamentteamselection.html

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

2019 Summer Camp Registration

The Bushido Karate Association is offering an exciting summer camp for your karate kid! The camp will include opportunities to further karate training in both kata and kumite, as well as enrichment in self-defense, technique, and physical fitness. Your son or daughter will be able to enjoy indoor and outdoor karate, sports, and crafts. Come join us, and have fun!

Registration is now open!
http://www.edmonton-karate.com/summercamp.html

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR…

BUNKAI
The art of analyzing kata to find the application behind the moves. Learn about practical self-defense techniques contained within the katas, and practice general skills to keep yourself safe!

KUMITE
Students will learn the rules of the international ring, work on their kumite strategy, and test their speed and agility with fun and challenging drills!

INTERNATIONAL KATA
A wide range of unique and interesting katas are performed on the international stage. Your child can try out movements and techniques from different styles of karate, and maybe even learn a cool new kata!

“BRING A FRIEND” DAY!
On Wednesday July 31st, students are welcome to bring one friend to join them for the day. Let a friend get a safe & accessible introduction to karate, and show off your own skills!
Note: Participants will be required to fill out the standard Bushido waiver and pay a $20 fee.

Sign up now for a fun-filled, active, and exciting week!

July 29th- August 2nd
Grandview Heights Community Hall
12603 63rd Ave, Edmonton

Cost per Child: $40/day or $160 for the week

Note: Minimum of 10 students registered by June 30, 2019 for camp to go forward.