Training Notes

September 2020 Training Notes

September 22, 2020

As provincial regulations continue to be amended, it is important to keep up to date and abide by provincial, municipal and facility guidelines. The health and well-being of each of our members is our top priority.

Ontario has announced that gatherings cannot exceed 10 participants and as of September 2nd, Quebec has allowed karate matches but not tournaments and within a training group of four individuals. This allows restricted contact in Quebec (not Ontario or BC) and the Quebec dojos may conduct kyu tests. However, even if contact is permitted, dojo leaders must use their own discretion whether it would be safe or not.

Continue outdoor practices as long as practical. As the weather gets colder, wear street clothes and footwear.

Facilities are starting to open up for indoor practices. Some points to consider:

  • Persons exhibiting any signs of illness, such as fever or coughing, are not admitted.
  • Have hand sanitizers available.
  • Check the air circulation in the facility
  • Wear masks. If members have trouble breathing with a mask, have them take a break.
  • No loud kiai.
  • Not allowing people over the age of 50 and/or have a compromised immune system from participating.
  • Physical distancing – see University of BC dojo pics below as an example

A reminder that all participants must sign the Release and Waiver form that was issued in June and the original mailed to our legal counsel and CSK Secretary:
Brian J. Konst
Barrister & Solicitor
Mackenzie Fujisawa LLP
1600 – 1095 W. Pender St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 2M6

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Donald Gee
President, Black Belt Council


May 2020 Training Notes

May 15, 2020

To Members of Canada Shotokan Karate

The nationally imposed isolation measures to address Covid-19 are being scaled back in the
coming weeks. Likely those measures will still impose restrictions on group size, distancing,
duration or type of activity, and possibly additional preventive measures.

Please follow the provincial health officer guidelines for your particular province and also
consider the extent to which those guidelines may need to be further strengthened due to the
size or type of facility you practice at, the rules imposed by that facility, as well as your own
particular health situation or that of your close friends and family. Certain types of karate
practice, such as kumite or drills with a partner carry specific risks relating to close distances
which must therefore be avoided.

During this next phase over the course of the summer, properly distanced outdoor practice will
likely be safer than practicing in a confined space. In these challenging times we must keep a
strong collective spirit and consider creative ways to maintain our realistic practice.

Remember that the health and well-being of each of our members is our first priority.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Donald Gee
President, Black Belt Council


March 2020 Training Notes

March 20, 2020

The extraordinary global state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus, cannot be underestimated. The focus on keeping our families safe is paramount. We should anticipate how to protect our families.

This is an unprecedented time for all of us. While many do not know what to do with their time, we are fortunate to have a venue to improve ourselves. See this as an opportunity.

Some thoughts on practice in these secluded times:

  • Have strict eyes
  • Practice is different from training; both are important
    • Practice is not a workout; it is polishing your techniques
  • Have a plan for each Practice or training session
  • Keep current with the Training Calendar on the SKA website
  • Improve your weaknesses; be humble and honest in your assessment
  • Polish your favorite techniques and favorite kata
    • Some ideas for kata practice:
      • Mind leads, body follows
      • Focus on breathing
      • There is conscious and unconscious power
      • Be aware of slow and fast movements
      • Be exact in your movements
      • Find out the application of each movement
      • Imagine opponents
      • Do your techniques work?
  • Practice outside- it is realistic to not have bare feet on a smooth dojo floor; your feeling will be different
  • Have someone in your house assist: such as holding a kicking shield or hand pads; helping you stretch
  • Practice with a heavy bag
  • Experiment with other weapons- Bo or Bokuto
  • Meditation is also part of practice

Don Gee
President, Black Belt Council