SAUK has looked closely at guidelines provided by the government, as well as actions taken by associations within similar martial arts and has decided to provide the following as guidelines for practice while COVID-19 is still a threat.
Firstly, please follow advice given by the NHS
Secondly, for class attendees:
- If you have recently returned from one of the specific areas outlined by the Chief Medical Officer, please do not attend a session – yes, that includes Japan.
- If you exhibit any symptoms (do the NHS 111 online symptom checker) , do not attend a session.
- Wash your hands with soap before leaving to attend the session
- Wash your hands with soap when arriving at the dojo
- Bring tissues with you to all sessions, as well as a small towel, which you should wear inside your dogi (routinely done in Japan)
- If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue and throw the tissue immediately into a bin
- If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sweat towel. Then put it away and wash your hands, and take a spare.
- Do not use your hands or the outside of your dogi to wipe snot or sweat (or blood, but most people are already aware of that!).
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose – or someone else’s…- with your hands
- Wash your dogi after every single session
and for instructors:
- Support your members if they’d rather not train, that is the safest way not to spread the virus.
- Buy tissues and hand sanitizer and bring to every session
- Ensure you and your members follow the above rules
- Maybe now is the time to practise more weapons, ukemi, tandoku undo, hontae no tsukuri and fewer grabs / atemi / randori…It’s not for the long term hopefully.
Finally, here is official information from the UK government.
SAUK Student Nationals 2020
The committee has also taken the decision to follow many other organisations and protect their members by postponing the SAUK Student Nationals 2020, which was to be held on the weekend of the 21st of March. There will be alternative plans in the future, but for now this is the only information available.