COVID-19 response

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.


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


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!
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.

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! 778-355-4658   

We have more information about exciting new classes in the posts below.

This is the perfect time for the whole family to start:
  • Find renewal,
  • Exercise for health,
  • Make friends,
  • Learn new skills
  • Join in for regular training

Whatever your motivation, come and try something new.    See our Class Calendar for times.

We are devoted to a community spirited traditional approach to training in the martial art of Gojukai Karate-Do. Regular classes are held during the week for children, teenagers and adults of all ages. New students are always welcome.

Be more active and get some fitness into your schedule!

As a member of the International Karate-Do Gojukai Association Canada we are part of a world wide organisation dedicated to peace and respect for ourselves and others.

Our karate training follows the teachings of the late Master Gogen Yamaguchi (The Cat).

We offer Adults and Teens classes Monday through Friday for those who want a challenge. Kids classes are available for a variety of ages and abilities.

In addition to Karate classes, other programs offered at West Coast Gojukai include Hatha Yoga classes for gentle stretching, strengthening, improved balance and better concentration. And for a more gentle approach try the Beginner Yoga Class. Try the Jujutsu training or the Beginner Martial Arts for 50+.

We also offer a Traditional Weapons class. An excellent opportunity for those of you who want to experiment with an alternative to 'empty hand' martial arts.

Check our schedule for class times.

Inspirational thoughts:
True freedom arises when you do not want anything from anyone else and so, from this fearless state, you will be at peace with yourself and all beings. This is the beautiful gift you will bring to the world by letting go of the addiction to 'self.' One less being demanding that life always will please and satisfy them.
-- Michael Kewley

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