Boulder, Sep. 3, 2021 — Information on approach to COVID at Boulder Ki Aikido
As we come up on one and a half years since COVID became a reality, many of us continue to feel the pressure on our physical, emotional and social wellbeing. As the summer wanes, we’re once again deep in the midst of uncertainty, constantly needing to adapt.
This is a perfect time to boost the Ki in our bodies by eating lots of fresh, colorful, nutrient-rich foods, taking immune-strengthening vitamins, supplements and adaptogens, resting plenty, drinking lots of water, and spending time outdoors connecting with nature. It’s key to keep our minds positive, too. Choose activities that lift your spirit (like aikido) and stay clear of ones that create fear and anxiety.
Here’s the latest update on how we’re reintegrating back to the “new normal” at Boulder Ki Aikido. Read this post from top to bottom prior to coming to your next BKA class. We truly look forward to seeing your smiling eyes past the mask soon!
Advance Reservation is Now Required!
- PLEASE OBSERVE AND RESPECT THIS RULE:
CLASSES WITH ZERO SIGN-UPS 90 minutes BEFORE START WILL NOT GO ON.
- If you are the only one interested in attending a class AND have not signed up ahead of time, the class will not be available.
- If you have not made a reservation, you may CALL or TEXT Villacorta Sensei to double check.
- Due to space limitations, until further notice, the limit on attendees for classes is as follows:
- DOJO classes: 14 total participants inside mat area. IMPORTANT: If you arrive without pre-registering to an already full DOJO class, you will not be able to join on the mat.
- Reservations are now required because we need time to:
- Plan class content depending on diverse levels of attendees
- Make sufficient instructors available for all classes
- Sanely work through this ever-changing COVID response.
Our Current Approach to All Indoor Classes
To enable us to keep BKA open and operate safely, during all indoor classes, all BKA students and teachers will observe these measures:
- DO NOT COME TO THE DOJO OR THE PARK, IF YOU FEEL EVEN THE SLIGHTEST SYMPTOMS OF BEING SICK. Just stay home and rest!
- WEAR MASKS! As of Friday Sep. 3rd, 2021, masks are mandatory for everyone 2 years old or more, regardless of vaccination status.
- Wash your hands prior to class, use hand sanitizer during practice, especially before changing partners.
- We recommend students bring or purchase & their own jo and bokken for maximum safety. We will also have weapons on hand for students to use. Students will be responsible for the weapons assigned to them for the duration of the class and will need to wipe down dojo weapons before and after class.
- All students will be asked to take part in keeping dojo clean and disinfected after each class.
Special Notes for Indoor Classes
- Fourteen participants per class maximum. Reserve your spot at least 90 minutes before.
- Bring FULL water bottles
- Drop-off is ideal. Wear a mask when coming into the building. Please avoid congregating in the lounge area, and do your best to maintain a 3-foot distance from non-family members.
- Coming dressed to class is preferable. If you forget your uniform, that’s ok, as long as you can move in the clothing you came with, and it doesn’t have hard/sharp buttons or rivets that could scratch you or the mats (sweat pants and leggings are great; jeans, not so much)
- Though our changing rooms are open, and keep this area sanitized throughout the week, you take full responsibility for the use of the space.
- You may also use the bathrooms to change; there are 2 bathrooms upstairs, on the second floor of the building, in addition to the two in the lobby. These are cleaned weekly and are shared with other building tenants and guests.
- Once inside, move immediately to the One Dojo mat room and find your spot, at least 2 feet from the next person. Each mat is ~ 6 ft. long by 3 ft. wide.
- Six rectangular spaces are delineated by blue tape. Each rectangle fits 2-3 practitioners
- DO NOT TOUCH ANY OF THE EQUIPMENT in the dojo unless Sensei gives permission.
- Garage door will be opened to ventilate the dojo throughout the day, as will the side door of the dojo (when the weather outside is cooperative)
- Additional ventilation will be provided by electric fans as needed. The HVAC system will also circulate air flow.
- Students who attend indoor classes will be part of a cleaning crew who will take care of cleaning duties.
Types of Social Distancing Classes Available at BKA
- ZOOM | Online Classes (not currently being offered)
- Get your favorite home space ready!
- ZOOM LINK
- PARK | Outdoor Group Classes @ Local Boulder Park (not currently being offered)
- Bring weapons if you have them.
- Classes will be held as long as weather cooperates. Check the schedule, call or TEXT (preferable method) during questionable weather, and dress appropriately with sunblock, shell, bug spray, etc.
- Curriculum will be more weapons focussed, but with typical warmups, stretching and some rolls, so wear clothes that can tolerate grass stains
- DOJO | Indoor Group Classes @ One Dojo (some simulcast via Zoom*)
- Classes will be 55 minutes to allow 5-minute post-class cleaning to wet-mop mats and wipe down other flat surfaces.
- Come dressed to practice rather than change at the dojo, if possible.
- *Whenever possible, we may live stream in-dojo classes on Zoom
- DOJO, PARK or ZOOM | Private Classes
- Indoors, outdoors, or Zoom for individuals or small family groups. Please make arrangements directly with Villacorta Sensei for these via text or email.
- DOJO, PARK or ZOOM | Semi-Private Classes for Social Distancing Pods or Buddy Groups
- Intended for individual children or adults, or entire family groups, who have committed to being ‘social distancing buddies,’ limiting contact with other families. We are happy to discuss setting up semi-private classes of up to 8 students. Masks will still be required, as described above.
END OF CLASS CLEANING DUTIES
- Wipe down weapons before replacing them on racks
- Wet-mop mats after every class. You will be expected to do your part to volunteer to clean the mats or other surfaces; do not wait for someone to ask you for help, volunteer—intoku (benevolence).
- Wipe down door knobs, light switches at beginning and end of classes.
- Vacuum clean lounge are and blue mats inside dojo.
Sending you positive energy and truly looking forward to seeing you soon,
Abel Villacorta | One Dojo Director & Lead Instructor