Easter, School holidays, Anzac Day
Normally we don't have classes during the Easter Long Weekend because a lot of people go away.
No one can go away this year, so classes will be ON during Easter Saturday.
But no classes on Easter Sunday.
As usual, we are running all our scheduled classes during the school holidays.
No class Saturday 25th April
Training for all
Our online classes are starting to take off and thank you again to everyone for their support and to those who've given us such encouraging feedback.
To assist with general well being of our community, we are inviting Strength, Stretching and Fitness classes (the purple ones on the timetable) to all family members!
It's on the screen anyway so if you have space, get involved (or take turns with who gets to do exercise). The belt specific classes, attendance tracking for grading qualification and one on one reviews will still be for the official students though.
We will hopefully load up some recorded content next week. Clubworx just emailed me saying they've got a way to upload the recordings into your member portal.
We'll do some testing of this and if it works you'll see some uploads soon!
QUick COvid 19 update
Please heed Government advice to stay home this Easter
The curve is flattening globally, financial markets seem to be going up (dead cat bounce?) and people are itching to get out.
However, as pointed out in the last update, Hong Kong experienced a second wave of infections after Social Isolation was listed.
This week, golden child Singapore just imposed Social Isolation rules in line with the strictness that we're experiencing as they are also experiencing a second wave of infections.
Not good news but in line with what we were expecting.
A reminder that the deadline to register for grading is Saturday with the video submission date Sunday 5th April.
Remember to book in your one on one reviews
If you are planning to do grading register here
Getting onto the livestream
The LiveStream attendance continues to grow and we're getting really positive feedback. Thank you!
Best way to get onto the LiveStream
Our On Demand content is coming along well.
Below are some unedited/unpolished sneak peaks into what will be available soon!
A big thank you to everyone who has done an online class this week!
A number of students have done multiple online classes already, keep up the good work!
In this edition:
Tuesday/Wednesday's classes only had a couple of students which was good.
It gave David and I time to practice and refine how we deliver the classes online.
By Thursday there were 10+ people in each of the 3 classes that we held that day.
Online classes are very different to in person!
Starting from April 5 we will run even more classes which will allow us to focus specifically on each belt. I've also rewritten the class plans from scratch and each belt now has an 11 week program designed with the online format in mind.
We've decided that recorded sessions will not be shared outside out club. Sometimes participants show up on the recordings and also we stop demonstrating to watch the participants and give tips/tell them not to slack off.
Instead of uploading the recorded sessions, we will film a home workout version of each belt level class. That's 10 videos per week plus the tutorials that are currently underway (sneak peaks of the tutorials will come out next week)
Take a look at the timetables below and our first class from Tuesday 24 March
The timetables are updating rapidly so members, it's best to view these via your app.
(If you're a member and you haven't got the link to the app let me know).
One on one reviews
If you are planning to grade, or if you want a check on your progress make sure you book your one on one review. We are happy to give you some specific feedback on what to work on between now and grading submission date!
Everything is prepared for our first video grading. As there's no contact, grading criteria is only going to focus on:
Colour belts: your current pattern plus the previous pattern (e.g. Green tip/Taeguk 2, and yellow belt/Taeguk 1) and your kicks
White belts: Right hand, left hand, Chonji patterns and your kicks
Make sure you do it well!
If you're going to do grading please register and pay here
This week has been full of half announced, flip flopped advice from the Government. A number of students have enquired about in person classes but honestly it's been hard to manage. We definitely can't train indoors but in theory we can run an outdoor class for less than 10 people but if we were 9 mates gathering in the park (or on the beach) we'd be crucified.
As a result of the unclear guidance and due to the rapidly changing goalposts we have not cemented any plans for in person classes.
Some disappointing news has been coming out of Hong Kong this week which supports my forecast that this is going to be a long battle. I was watching China but Hong Kong moved first so give us the first glimpse.
Hong Kong was in lockdown since 25th January. Lockdown ended after almost 7 weeks on March 2. Unfortunately their cases have started to climb rapidly.
It doesn't matter that the original source of transmission is blamed on people returning to Hong Kong.
The fact that Hong Kong is experiencing a "second wave" of infections supports the argument that our socially distant existence is going to be in place as long as Covid 19 exists somewhere in the world and until a vaccine is developed, tested and approved for widespread use. So, get online, do the online classes!
Today we're excited to launch our Chungdo@Home program!
Uploaded in SD to save precious bandwidth, transcript available below
Big week as Covid 19 events force us to re-evaluate our operations.
Perseverance and indomitable spirit are two key tenants of Taekwondo and we appreciate our students and their parents embodiment of this as everyone adjusts to what will be the "new normal" for the foreseeable future.
We have implemented significant changes to our in person classes.
No sparring, less target work, more techniques and poomsae to ensure we keep distance.
While there are some students still keen to attend in person, we know eventually this is not going to be possible and are executing our digital strategy.
Our digital program will be launched this weekend and is designed to help our students (and anyone who wants to join us) maintain some sense of routine and continuity with their taekwondo training.
A key consideration for us is how important regular exercise is.
The benefits are:
A few hours to go until our trial event!
Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you get started
(No one has actually asked these questions but I'm sure people are thinking of them)
1. How much space do I need?
If I (ZiChuan) lie down, that's about as long as a yoga mat.
So, find a patch of floor. Lie down.
If you can lie down straight then that's how much space you need.
Of course more space is better
2. What do I wear?
We can see you too so wear something.
TKD uniform (dobok) is a straight forward choice and will help you get into the right mindset. Gym/sports clothes are fine too.
3. How do I view the class?
We will be using a technology called Zoom.
A laptop plugged into/streaming to your TV might be a good idea.
The picture will be bigger and you'll be able to see more.
Otherwise a phone, tablet/iPad or laptop is fine.
4. Do I need to download anything before hand?
Often the first 15 minutes is spent trying to connect the tech.
To have a smooth start up, go to Zoom
5-10 minutes early
Then if it asks you to install the Zoom app press yes/ok
An update on our Covid19 situation watch.
The medical advice is the same:
At this stage, we will continue running classes at the scheduled times.
Regular exercise is important to build a healthy body and strong immune system.
We will review this position as new information comes to light.
If the NSW Public School system closes we will close as well.
Lindfield, Chatswood Zido Hub and NSG/NSB classes will change slightly to limit physical contact.
Manly & Beacon Hill class plans to be confirmed. Steve has been away without reception and I haven't been able to confirm with him.
Grading is scheduled for 26 and 28th March @ Chatswood and 31 March/1st April at NSG, we will reassess this next week.
As it has been the start of the year with a lot of new students, we haven't had much opportunity to do sparring so far. Students may not notice much difference to class aside from limited use of kicking targets and more burpees.
New Payment frequency
We have created a fortnightly payment fee structure to help with the current uncertainty and in the long term to help everyone's cashflow.
This is available only on direct debit and discount applied is the same as the discount we've used for the 3 monthly fees.
If you have direct debit already and would like to change please email us to let us know (email@example.com)
If you are not on direct debit yet but want to take advantage of this new structure please go to app.clubworx.com/websites/chungdo_taekwondo/waivers/direct-debit-request/signed_waivers/new
We'll work out when your next payment is due and we'll cut over after that. The start up fee will be manually removed during our verification for existing members.
Analysis of the WHO Situation Reports from 7 March to 13 March indicates the growth rate of reported cases of the virus is 16% per day Globally Outside China. It's a growth rate we wish our investments would have instead of a virus.
Australia is in line with that trend at 14.7% (alarming as that sounds keep in mind we have 140 cases so every 1 new case is 0.7% growth).
In comparison South Korea is at 2.8% new case growth rate per day.
It is going to be with us for a while
Those waiting "until it dies down" could be waiting a while.
As mentioned above we are heading into our cold and flu season, on top of this the highly contagious + relatively low mortality rate of COVID19 has doctors thinking it is unlikely to die off(3). A clinically tested vaccine is still a while away
I initially thought the calls to lock down were to "starve" the virus siege warfare style. But further research indicates the lock downs are to slow the infection rate so that our hospital system can cope and effectively treat the severe cases(4).
The total number of infected people could still be the same, just spread over a longer period of time(4).
Countries like South Korea are showing good rates of keeping the virus at bay. South Koreans aren't officially in lockdown but schools are closed and basically everyone has locked themselves down since Feb 24. They plan to reopen March 23, however the likelihood is cases will spike if they do (this is a personal, non medical, opinion).
Be alert but not alarmed
We are all concerned but it is important to keep a level head (keep calm).
Excessive stockpiling and overloading the health system harms the the poor, less mobile and elderly - the groups that are most at risk from COVID19 and many other health issues.
Analysis of the first 55,000 and later 72,000 cases from China indicates a number of key points(5)
Stay safe, exercise, sleep and wash those hands
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (5)
We've had almost a month in our new home at the Zido Hub Chatswood (top floor Lemon Grove). Thanks for your patience as we've slowly put in the finishing touches to phase one (still no desk, we'll get there) and also with the timetables.
We have made some changes to the Chatswood timetable starting from March 1 (Sunday). Other location times stay the same.
8th march comp
This one crept up on us. Entry form and info pack below. This is a great comp for students who are keen to get more practice in both sparring and poomsae (or individuation and pairs/team poomsae).
Please send Master ZiChuan the registration form by Sunday 1 March (send a photo is fine)
We have another addition to the instructor team!
Master Gem Zhang is a 4th Dan Black Belt recommended to us by Winny (they train together at UNSW).
Gem has done taekwondo for around 14 years and has taught kids classes for her original dojang for a number of years. She moved to Sydney in 2019 to study Masters of Media/Journalism at UNSW. Gem also trains with Instructor Andy and other members of the national poomsae team.
Our club is 50/50 male female and we have been looking for a female instructor for a while, we're excited to have Master Gem on board!
Our coaching team is now more robust with 3 Masters (Steve, ZiChuan, Gem), 2 Instructors (David, Andy, with Sydney on leave to USYD) and 5 Assistants (Daniel, Sebastian, Winny, Annie, Mel).
Master Gem will be taking female only class and Fundamentals class at Chatswood plus some more assistance for the other Saturday Chatswood classes.
Krav Maga with Master Jeson
We had a great introduction to Krav Maga with Master Jeson from Spartan House Indonesia on Feb 16.
MJ brought his vast range of experience and shared it with the group along with different perspectives and some same perspectives shouted in a different way.
The session was so well received we will be inviting Master Jeson back on the 23rd and 24th of May to run more in depth (and physical) Krav Maga courses including a special course for parents who want to learn some simple but very practical self defence.
We are looking forward to see everyone again on February 1 however:
a) If you've been on holiday in China and returned on or after the 14th January please be extra vigilant looking for possible symptoms and seriously consider the recommended 14 day voluntary isolation as requested by the NSW State Government.
b) If you haven't been to China but want to avoid crowds to play it safe
Please let us know ASAP. We will delay training fees as necessary and there are plenty of classes to be drilled back into shape.
Masters Steve and ZiChuan didn't go overseas during the break...
If for whatever reason you're not continuing from February let us know and we'll stop your invoices. Keep in mind you're welcome to start back at any time in future!
Welcome David Le
We're excited to have David Le join our Instructor team!
David is from a Taekwondo family over in France. His father originally learnt Taekwondo from the Korean Army during the Vietnam war, his siblings all did Taekwondo and his brother runs a dojang in France too.
David has competed extensively. He was France University champion for sparring, French Freestyle Poomsae champion 6 years in a row and placed 5th at the World Poomsae Championships in Mexico (2014).
We've brought David on board as part of our desire to improve the overall standard of our students. David will be mostly assisting/teaching at the Chatswood dojang.
We will be running the below timetables, please take a look and note there are some changes especially to Chatswood and Manly.
We're a bit worried about how full 6.30pm Thursday will get. We see how it goes and will make adjustments as required.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We hope everyone had a good break!
First class Back for 2020
The first official class back for 2020 will be Saturday February 1.
BUT! We will hold demo practice 6.30 - 8pm on:
Thursday 16 January
Thursday 23 January
(there will be more + subject to change depending on the dojang renovation schedule)
Demo will be 3.30 - 5pm Thursday 30th January, all levels and ages are welcome to participate.
Direct Debit available
We've now enabled direct debit facilities via the Clubworx system.
If you'd like to pay your fees via credit card automatically please click here
New Home (top floor, lemon Grove) update
There's evidently a lot to do... Big thanks to NSG students Nicole, Jessie, Mel and Sarah for helping with the stock take earlier this week.
We've worked on the timetable and the final version is below or available online here
We look forward to see everyone soon!