The program will run from 10am - 4pm (then Chungdo TKD students can book into existing 4/4.30pm classes) and will cover:
School holiday lessons + School holiday program
School holidays are just around the corner and we've teamed up with The Art Factory Chatswood to provide a school holiday program to engage the kids creatively and give them an opportunity to get more exercise too.
The program will run from 10am - 4pm (then Chungdo TKD students can book into existing 4/4.30pm classes) and will cover:
I will let you know how to book over the weekend. Places will be limited.
In addition, we will run all scheduled classes during the school holidays.
Easing of restrictions July 1
On July 1, the NSW Government has said restrictions on contact sports will be lifted.
Our view is that Covid19 is still out there so we need to maintain vigilance. (See previous updates for the details, they haven't changed). The health concerns are paramount but speaking frankly we, like the general economy, will not weather a second shutdown as well as we managed to weather the first one (thank you to everyone who stuck with us during the shutdown!).
In addition, the grading we just completed last Sunday was the highest scoring grading we remember seeing.
It was encouraging to see the persistence of our students who trained online during shutdown and the effectiveness of our online program.
As a result we will continue with the current program and timetable (with some tweaks).
Resumption of Lindfield and Beacon Hill
Lindfield is due to kick off next Saturday 4th July, Beacon Hill 25th July.
I completed the CovidSafe plan for our Community Sports venues (i.e. School halls) today and will send them to the various principals over the weekend.
At this stage an opening date for Beacon Hill is all I've got. I'll let you know more on Beacon Hill once Steve and I figure it out.
Lindfield's Public School has some specific requirements which include parents leaving the school grounds during the class:
Lindfield's timetable was tricky.
At this stage we are opening with a 16 person capacity per class with 2 instructors and have the following times.
10am 4-6 year old fundamentals
10.30am White belt to green tip focus (higher belts can attend if there's space but we will focus on skills up to green tip)
11.15am Green belt and above
We'll see how it goes with attendance, restrictions and Covid19.
Gary (one of our adult students who just tested for black belt) mentioned going back to revise the white belt pattern Chonji and the earlier patterns is harder now that he's more experienced, because he realises how much he's been getting wrong.
If there's space I encourage those green belt and higher to also attend the junior belt class. That goes for all our belt level classes, unlike other schools we don't penalise you and charge you extra for wanting to train more. So train more.
Here's a quick "How to" guide on using the member's site
(Thank you Master Gem, Jahyi and Jess for the translations)
As per NSW State Government guidelines we are able to reopen Zido Hub Chatswood from Saturday 13 June.
This is an initial opening with further changes announced for July 1.
At this stage there is still no indication when we can open North Sydney Girls, Beacon Hill, Mosman, Manly and Lindfield.
It still looks like Term 3 is the earliest.
Overseas Covid19 has continued to reemerge as countries reduce restrictions. As a result we have chosen to remain vigilant.
We will have check in procedures in place for the foreseeable future.
Check in procedures (as per CovidSafe requirements)
1. Each student must book their place in the student portal before class (No link or password? please ask Master ZiChuan)
2. We will mark off your attendance as you enter class. If you have not booked you will need to wait to see if there are spots
3. Temperatures will be checked on entry - no entry if your temperature is over 38 degrees Celsius/centigrade
4. You will be given some hand sanitiser as you enter
5. Follow the marked arrow to your mat. Stand on a white cross or yellow line (the instructor will tell you which one)
There may be tweaks to the timetable after a July 1 if needed.
Class size has been limited to 8 on Mat 1 and 6 on Mat 2.
We might find there aren't enough spots per class and people might miss out.
If this happens please book the wait list so we can see, also feel free to let us know.
A consequence of smaller classes is our revenue per class drops, we will have to see if all the extra classes helps offsets this.
We have gone from 16 in person classes preCovd19 to 21 online classes during shutdown to 36 classes in the new timetable
The clear benefit is instructors will be able to focus on each student a lot more!
1. We are not limiting how many classes you can attend per week/month but please be mindful of others.
We will implement limits for in person attendance if required.
2. The training regime is changing.
We recommend attending General Classes AND your belt specific technical class to ensure well rounded development of strength, flexibility and technical abilities.
3. Roughly 10 people indicated they are attending online classes only.
If you are one of those people please let Master ZiChuan know.
4. Bookings can be made up to 1 minute before class starts.
If you need to cancel your booking you can do this up to 1 hour before class. This is to give notice to members on the wait list.
5. If you book but do not show up and do not cancel your booking twice in a week
You will be suspended from in person classes for 1 week.
6. If you have asked to suspend your membership and would like to resume, please let Master ZiChuan know.
The system does not let you book a class if you're suspended.
Most people were suspended until July, some were suspended to Feb 2021 - depends on how dire the news was that day...
Safwan khalil (2x Olympian) sparring seminar
One for the sparrers!
Olympian Safwan Khalil and Olympic Coach Ali Khalil are running a session Saturday 16th at 7pm.
They have run these sessions across every state in Australia over the last couple of weeks and now it's NSW's turn!
Please book via the membership app for the Zoom details.
Vietnam national poomsae team seminar
The Vietnam National Poomsae Team is one of the best in the world.
We're invited to train with them thanks to VTeam Melbourne.
Training starts at 10am, we will be doing a warm up from 9am.
Again this is a free event. Please book via the membership app or click here
During the seasion they will cover
Kukkiwon Demonstration Team Youtube Live
In the last update we forgot to congratulate Roman for passing his grading to yellow belt. Sorry, congrats Roman!
The Prime Minister unveiled the plan to "get back to normal" last week. I think they're already back pedalling in how "normal" it'll be.
The news is that we expect to be allowed to open during "phase 2". NSW is a week behind the other states in opening up phase 1.
Phase 2 looks to be approx 1 month away.
As hinted last week, it will not be back to normal.
Still scarce details but at a minimum there will be restricted class numbers (between 10 and 20, still unconfirmed) and social distancing must still apply.
Our expectation of going back to mid March style socially distant training seems about right.
As we go back to in person classes the following are important to remember:
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Over the next 10 weeks they will be learning taekwondo basics and some techniques to help them during the course of their lives.
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Australian Taekwondo has grouped together with a range of other sports bodies and is lobbying the Government to allow dojangs to open.
Some of our school halls (e.g. Manly Village Public School) have already cancelled term 2 for community users like us. But the mood is more positive and there are hints of lock down being lifted. So if we can open it is likely to be a phased opening.
We are conscious that being able to open isn't going to be a free for all.
The virus is still out there and there is still no treatment or vaccine.
Being able to open again is likely to bring us back to mid-Feb/early March where some students will still prefer to stay home and we will have to implement restricted, no contact and limited capacity training in person. At this stage we will also continue to run the online classes.
We will need to hear what the restrictions are before we have final plans in place.
Things like hand sanitiser and limiting class capacity are manageable.
Other potential items like cleaning the dojang every x hours are not so manageable (it takes me about an hour to vacuum and wash the mats and another 2 hours for them to dry).
A reminder that there is no class Saturday 25th April due to Anzac Day.
Classes will resume as normal on Sunday 26th April.
In the meantime, there are some videos in your member portal that you can train at home to!
To access the videos please check our post from last week (should be the post directly under this one or click here)
We don't strictly follow terms but we're heading into term 2 for schools next week.
Online classes will continue and we've noticed a growing number of family members joining our sessions. Keep it up!
Regular exercise and stretching is extremely important for everyone.
Remember everyone can attend the purple coloured classes on the timetable, if a participant needs different exercises e.g. less impact etc please let us know and we will accommodate.
At this stage there is no indication that gyms and fitness centres like ours will be allowed to reopen.
Our view remains that we have a number of months of closure ahead.
We've uploaded a couple of videos and have made them available to all existing members!
Log into your member portal then follow the below screen shots
Note: Your member portal will work on laptop too in case your phone screen is too small
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.