2020-06-16

COVID-19 response

2020-06-15
In view of the current situation, our Environmental Protection Officer, Lynda Quan, has approved our return to activity with some strict guidelines.

West Coast Gojukai has struck a Task Force of 5  individual members (parents and karate practitioners) to develop a reopening plan keeping these guidelines in place.

This plan includes:

  • Guidelines in preparation for attending training onsite
  • Guidelines for training onsite
  • Bathroom protocols
  • Social Distancing protocols
  • Cleaning protocols after classes

These protocols are posted at the dojo and a binder also includes a risk assessment plan for our dojo.

For the first two weeks of June, adults have been invited to return to training, wearing masks, in groups of no more than 8 persons (with pre-selected groups that train together).
Virtual and onsite classes have been occurring at the same time.
Kids will remain virtual (or outdoors) for the remainder of June.  

The dojo has been stripped of all unnecessary items (equipment) and 6 ft squares have been taped off to allow as many as 14 persons training safely with proper social distancing.  There is no sparring or bunkai training (no contact or partner exercises) in the dojo yet.

West Coast Gojukai has been doing all it can to ensure that members continue to learn and practice karate and kobudo, taichi and yoga.  Jujutsu will take some time to return, I believe.

Virtual is here to stay for the rest of June, at least (in conjunction with slow re-integration of onsite training).

Stay healthy, stay positive, practice being kind and being patient.  


2020-03-16
Hi all members of West Coast Gojukai, friends and family,

After listening to Prime Minister Trudeau's address to the nation, I have decided to suspend training at the dojo for the coming week, in an effort to keep our community safe and to help BC prevent the spread of this virus.

All indoor training (Morning workout, Yoga, TaiChi, Karate, Weapon's, Jujutsu) will be cancelled from today, March 16th to Sunday, March 22. An update about training in the dojo for the following week will be sent on Sunday, March 22.

OUTDOOR TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Karate members
For those who still want to move and practice, I will be hosting a 1-hr OUTDOOR KATA PRACTICE in Mundy park in the grassy area at the corner of Foster and Hillcrest in Coquitlam. This practice is open to any dojo member who would like to attend for kata training. Show up Monday/Wednesday 6:15 - 7:15 PM. Wear normal clothes and normal shoes. Dress warmly. We will keep the required 1 metre distance apart. There will be no partner practice.

Morning Workout
For those 6 Workout participants, I will be hosting an OUTDOOR 6:00 AM BOOT CAMP just outside the dojo on both Tuesday and Thursday. Show up at the dojo door Tuesday morning. Bring outdoor runners, water, a mat or rug that you can ly on outside and be ready to get sweaty.

Tai Chi Practice
For Tai Chi participants, I will be offering OUTDOOR TAI CHI at Mundy Park at the grassy knoll at the corner of Foster and Hillcrest in Coquitlam. Show up at 10:30 AM on Tuesday and be ready to practice.

If you are sick (feeling unwell, runny nose, fever or cough) please do not attend any of these trainings - stay home.
Let's keep active, as best we can. Eat properly and drink water. Get enough sleep. Of course, wash your hands often.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Let's do what we can to help each other stay safe, healthy and supported.

kind regards,
Donna Gardecki
West Coast Gojukai


2020-03-11

Dear valued member of the West Coast Gojukai Community,

Like you, we are concerned about the spread of COVID-19.
It has potential health implications for all of us and can create fear and stress.

West Coast Gojukai would like to support your health and wellbeing by sharing some important information.

At the moment, we are all being advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Centre for Disease Control to take simple precautions to keep ourselves and others safe.
Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly is the top safety measure to combat this (and other) virus. In addition, cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing (followed by hand-washing), and avoiding contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness. One more thing: avoid touching your face at any time.

If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, and fever), please stay home until you feel better. We are happy to accept a doctor's note to hold your membership for the time you need to get well and return to training.

Within the karate school, we are cleaning more thoroughly and trust that students will adhere to a rigorous hand washing regime between classes and when using the bathroom/changerooms.
The class schedule is remaining the same except for Spring Break hours (please check the website).

Everyone continues to be welcome at West Coast Gojukai.
Exercise regularly, consume adequate nutrition and sleep enough; these things plus regular and rigorous hand washing are excellent ways to combat getting sick.

See you at training soon!

2020-06-01

Online Credit Program

June is here and our new program is entering its second month. This program is designed to aid your progress and provide you with some challenges while training from home.   We are planning the return to the dojo and you will be receiving regular updates about that. In the meantime this will challenge you and keep you on track.

Details are at this link:   Online Credit Program


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2020-05-31

Virtual Karate Fitness Classes

Virtual Karate Fitness Classes

Virtual Fitness Classes ran until the end of May, 2020 and have now concluded.   If you are still interested then please watch for more announcements of a possible return in a once per week format.



Need PE credits?
This fitness program is designed for elementary and middle/high school aged kids.  They can log credits for their school PE requirements with these classes!  Parents can participate too if they wish.

The form for registration is here:   Virtual Fitness Classes Registration Form

Elementary school aged kids: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1-1:30 PM.
Middle/high school aged kids: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:45-2:30.




If you can attend only 1x per week, no problem! No equipment is necessary - exercises will be using their own body weight.
The program is supervised by the chief instructor of the karate school, Donna Gardecki, Kinesiologist and Master's graduate in Physical Education.
Classes are taught by Certified Personal Trainer and Sport Studies student, Mason G-Browett.

Only parents can register their kids for this program - kids can not register themselves.  The program uses Zoom conferencing (with new security features) and the same link will be used for the entire duration of the program (10 sessions). Parents register with their unique email address and specify the email address that will be used to allowadmission into the training session.

Payment for the session is by donation
Get fit, log those credits and support a small business all at the same time!

Here is the Virtual Fitness Classes Registration Form again.

2020-02-13

Our skills challenge is coming up!  This will be our 10th Skills Challenge and it is always a ton of fun.

The format is unlike most other Karate Competitions and is a great way for young students to get an introduction to competitive Karate in a supportive environment.

More information and a signup package will be available on the Skills Challenge page.

2019-11-22

Ninja Kids Winter and Spring


A game-based martial arts program for 3-5 year olds ➢ learn counting in Japanese ➢ play self-defense games ➢ learn basic martial moving and techniques ➢  enhance listening skills ➢ encourages strong self esteem
Location: West Coast Gojukai Karate Studio,  99 Moray St #2, Port Moody, BC V3H 3M2 Time/Day: Tuesdays 3:45pm-4:20pm OR 4:25pm-5pm< Winter Session: January 7th–March 10th (10 classes $160) Spring Session: April 14th-June 16th (10 classes $160) Only 8 spots available – register now to hold a spot!! Certified female black-belt instructor  and Early Childhood Educator, Caren Eigenmann.    Certificates are presented at the end of the session! www.gojukai-bc.ca dojo@gojukai-bc.ca 778-355-4658