2021 - A New Year But Still COVID-19 Weary

Updated: Jan 13



Our "In-Dojo" training will commence as from Wednesday, 6 January 2021. Unfortunately, South Africa is currently undergoing a Second Wave of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with an added complication of a mutated strain of the virus that is apparently more contagious. There were 1.3 million confirmed positive cases, with 921k recoveries but 30,524 deaths so far (source: JHU CSSE COVID-19 Data.).


We are currently on an "adjusted Level 3 lockdown", that has restricted several activities within our country. Thankfully, sporting activities can still resume BUT with stringent safety measures in place.


The national sports federation, Martial Arts South Africa (MASA), to which we are a member of, mandated the following safety protocol:



A. ESSENTIAL ITEMS EACH KIT

Each attending members must have with them before arrival at the venue:

1. Mask/Face shield

2. Own hand sanitizer

3. Own training equipment

4. Own water bottle

B. PRE -PREPARATION (Student and family’s responsibilities pre-attending training at the

Training Area)

1. Must have completed the “COVID-19 SAFETY QUESTIONNAIRE” online, and have obtained a 100% pass mark. This need only be completed once. Link to the online form is: https://forms.gle/ag8H7MxjD9RxWkKB7

2. Must have completed the new “RKC COVID-19 WAIVER AGREEMENT”. These will need only be completed once by new members upon entering the dojo.

3. Must complete the “COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONNAIREbefore each session. Link to this online form is: https://forms.gle/nAkvmseXy2r4AJTy9

N.B. If you are not well, or display any of the COVID-19 symptoms, PLEASE STAY HOME. Kindly advise the RKC dojo management of your symptoms.

4. Must be changed in hakama and kendo/Iaido-Gi BEFORE arriving at the training halls. for those with no kendo uniform, you will need to be changed in the appropriate cloting before hand (gym clothing is fine). Kindly do not use the changing room and bathrooms unless absolutely necessary.


C. ARRIVAL (Student and family’s protocols on arrival at the venue)

1. Only drop off will be allowed with face mask — no spectators will be allowed to enter the training hall.

2. Students to report to Screening & Sensitization Station, which will be at the front of the training hall.

DO NOT ENTER THE HALL UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN SCREENED AND SANITIZED.

3. The Screening & Sensitization Station will be conducted by the “COVID-19 COMPLIANT OFFICER”, and he/she will conduct the following 4 actions:

i. Do a temperature reading (if greater than 38 degrees, you will be sent home);

ii. Check if U have completed the “COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE” either online. If not, you will be asked to complete a written one.

iii. Record the relevant details on the “COVID-19 ACCESS CONTROL SHEET”.


iv. Ensure hand and feet/shoes sanitizing


v. Ensure an indemnity form has been completed.


4. Students to place shoes in the appropriate areas just outside of the dojo.

5. Students to place training gear at the appropriate places in the dojo.

6. Masks are to be worn at all times whilst at the training venue. Training will be conducted with masks on too.


7. Where possible, practise physical distancing of between 1.5m and 2m between each participant.


8. For members in armour (bogu) it is recommended that the plastic mouth protector is installed in the grill of the men (Kendo helmet) as an additional safety

D. HALL SETUP ON ARRIVAL

Protocols pertaining to the responsibilities the Instructor, sempais and other volunteers needs to meet to each person arriving at the training hall:

1. Ensure hall has been cleaned initially by the venue’s staff.

2. Clean the hall with club’s cleaning material.


3. All windows to be opened.

4. Prepare Screening & Sensitization Station outside of the training hall.

5. Set up clock, showmen and drum in hall. Sanitize all equipment used.


E. DEPARTURE

Departure protocols for all members upon leaving:

1. Return to demarcated area.


2. If possible, wipe down your own training area with own sanitizers and towel.


3. Wipe down all equipment with own sanitizers and towels.

4. Club equipment to be wiped down with club’s sanitizers and towels

5. Pack equipment away.



C. HOME SAFETY SUGGESTION


1. Remove uniform before entering house and place in a well-ventilated area. Prepare for cleaning if necessary.

2. Wipe down equipment again and place in a well-ventilated area.

3. Head straight for a shower before engaging with other members of your household.


Let us adhere to these safety protocols to ensure that we can train in an environment that is safe for all of us!


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The Rivonia Kendo Club (RKC) trains Kendo and Iaido, Japanese sword-based martial arts that encourages the cultivation of the human character.


The RKC also now offers, Jodo, the art of the short staff, which is the third martial arts under the auspices of the International Kendo Federation (FIK).


The RKC is a Johannesburg-based dojo in South Africa, and offers both online classes to local and international students, as well as physical / "at the dojo" classes!


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