Before we look back, a few key dates to look forward to
4th January - Holiday programs start (https://events.humanitix.com/januaryatchungdo)
11th January - Chatswood - Adults and evening (6pm on wards) classes resume
16th January - Chatswood - Regular classes resume
30th January - Lindfiled, Beacon Hill, Manly, Mosman classes resume
1st February - North Sydney Girls classes resume (NSG/NSB students are welcome to attend classes during January though)
A week left in 2020 and as we saw with the Northern Beaches cluster a lot can happen in a week!
2020 started with high hopes and expectations for many of us.
At Chung Do Taekwondo we had taken a bold step opening our full time dojang 46 years after GM Suh first opened the school.
There was a mad scramble to get everything ready, the entire fitout was done in 3 days and mats were still being laid 1 hour before the first class.
We did a lot, demonstration for Willoughby Council's Lunar New Year Celebration, a number of students competed at the Australian Masters Championships and we had a great seminar with Taekwondo and Krav Maga master Jason Liem. Meanwhile we were watching the Covid19 situation overseas very closely and just 6 weeks after opening everything went into lock down.
Thank you to the 50 or so families that trained at home and supported us during shutdown. Some were stuck between a cupboard and a bed, others had 3 people crammed into a small room, some had noise complaints from their neighbours from jumping up and down in their apartments. I know it wasn't easy for all of you.
By my initial estimate, we're only at the 2/3 mark of the Covid19 battle. In this (hopefully) third and final round the effects on white collar workers are probably going to start kicking in as more companies undergo restructuring.
As we go into next year, if you need our assistance reach out and we will help where we can from a continuity of training, resume/interview prep/career coaching perspective.
Despite being an tough time financially, there were a number of silver lining moments that came out of shutdown:
It was very lucky that lock down ended mid June, had it gone longer it wouldn't have been pretty.
Having a dojang helped us keep some momentum during the year and also ensured we had a fast rebound once lock down ended. Some of our locations didn't reopen until Term 4 (4 months later) and we know many other Masters who have had to move their schools to other suburbs which is a hit given that most dojangs are focused on specific local communities.
Coming out of lock down was an opportunity to overhaul some of our operations.
We took learnings from the effectiveness of belt specific classes, class limits required us to rethink start/end times/capacity etc and at the same time we experienced significant student growth across all age ranges.
It was tricky, thanks for bearing with us during the second half of the year. We had 7 timetable changes in the last 6 months as we catered for increase demand and Covid19 related curve balls e.g. needing to move North Sydney Girls into the dojang.
Key learnings from 2020
As the year draws to a close a few key thoughts that I've come away with from this year.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy end of year and hoping for a calmer and less adrenaline fuelled 2021!