Dear students and parents,

You’ve heard us say again and again that safety is our number one rule and top priority.  With that in mind, as well as complying with guidelines established by state and federal health officials, we have decided to transition all group classes to an online video format for the time being.

Before getting into details for online training, I want to give a quick thank you. I feel a great deal of warmth, gratitude and humility after recent conversations with many of you. The people and families we get to serve on a regular basis have always been the best part of doing what we do. The response to current challenges at hand just reinforces that fact and then some. It’s no secret that small businesses will suffer from this situation, and most of you have expressed intentions to continue supporting the dojo to make sure there is a dojo to come back to once social distancing is no longer at the front of everyone’s mind. I can’t thank you enough for all of your support. You have our commitment to continue working hard and provide great value to keep you all strong, skillful, and focused on strength and positivity.

 

Group Classes:

Starting today (March 17th), until at least the beginning of April, we will no longer allow students to train in groups here at the studio. In the meantime we’ll be hosting video classes, workouts and tutorials shared via online video and livestream. The big idea is to keep the total number of people in the studio below ten (per the March 16th White House update).

Our first videos will be shared on Facebook. If you can catch us live; Please comment so we can say hello and interact. Also, give us feedback so we can fine tune our efforts.
These videos will be designed with smaller training areas in mind. We encourage parents and siblings to join in as well.

Parents of younger kids will need to log in and we recommend staying present to monitor their online device usage as well as helping and encouraging their efforts. We don’t expect young ones to have perfect form but keeping to their routine, staying active, and having fun all provide great benefit so please give more praise than correction.

We will still be here cleaning and teaching private lessons on our regular schedule.
Classes will be posted/streamed on your usual group class schedule, weekday evenings and Saturday mornings so plan to log on at the times you’d usually attend.

 

Personal Training:

We will remain open for private lessons by not scheduling more than four students at a time until there is  sound reason not to; Either from our own sense of safety towards students and instructors or instructed by government health officials.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness or feel for any reason that attending your personal training is not a good idea for you, please let us know and we will be happy to reschedule with you later.

Of course we are sticking to our redoubled cleaning and sanitization efforts outlined in my recent email.

 

What do you need to do?

Talk to us. If you have questions about a technique or form that you’re working on, or anything, feel free to text or call and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

Please help us keep the headcount here low. By entering within 5 minutes of lesson times and departing promptly we can keep our total indoor headcount below ten.

Follow 5 Basic Rules:
Face: Don’t touch it.
Elbow: Sneeze / cough in it and nowhere else.
Hands: Wash them frequently for at least 20 seconds.
Feet: Stay 3-6 feet away from others
Sick?: Stay home.

Find us and “friend” us on Facebook if you haven’t already; This way, we can invite you to the Private Group that we are sharing the videos with.  Click on this link -Or search USSD Sandy on Facebook

Please stay informed on the dangers of COVID-19 and precautions that you and your family can take to protect yourselves and all of the people you come into contact with, so that we can better protect those who are at greater risk of becoming ill or require hospitalization. Take care not to over consume just what’s being shared through social media and keep an eye on updates from credible sources like our local Health Department and CDC official website.

We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and keep you informed of any changes that we make here.

As martial artists we are always working to push ourselves out of our comfort zone so that we can grow to become the most resilient, resourceful, courageous, and compassionate people that we can be. The situation we are facing now is an opportunity to put all of that training to good use. How we deal with this involuntary push out of comfort will most likely have very real societal consequences.  Keep your chin up.  Remember your three pillars strength: exercise, nutritious food and water, good rest and constructive downtime.  We’re happy to support any way we can, just let us know. ~Osu!