COVID-19 has significantly altered the way in which we as a Society can safely interact with one another. Social distancing measures now dictate how activities, such as karate, can be performed in groups and where such events can take place. In order to comply with Provincial health measures we have adapted to make our classes safer.
NEW SAFER LOCATION:
Capitol Hill Community Association on 21st Ave off 14th St NW is our new home for the foreseeable future. The Main Hall has a capacity for 40 people with new social distancing measures. Entrance is from 21st Ave through the Foyer. The benefits of this new space is that there are much fewer individuals passing through the main hall on a daily basis. Additionally, the Capitol Hill Community Association provides professional cleaning all touch-points, floors, and washrooms after EVERY class or event in the facility.
All Karate styles utilize three main components in their physical training arsenal - Kihon (basics), Kata (forms), and Kumite (sparring). In Chito Ryu Karate we are lucky to have two other less common components: Kobujutsu (weapons) and Bunkai (application). Of those five separate components, only two -Kumite and Bunkai - actually require any physical contact with a training partner. This means that we are still able to continue to train three of the five physical components in Chito Ryu karate while maintaining a COVID safe environment.
But regardless of our current social distancing limitations, we will also continue to train our students in THE most important aspects of our Karate training - learning to succeed through Peace, Perseverance, and Hard Work. Our style's founder (Dr. Tsuyoshi Chitose) laid out these three basic principles as the most important things one can learn from Karate. We continue to re-enforce these guiding principles to all of our students and teach them that regardless of the obstacles we encounter in life, we can reach our goals by following these principles.