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                                               FALL 2021 SESSION TESTING



Students considered ready for testing will be informed on Thursday 2 December; test eligibility is shown here (bottom of page). Testing will be held on Tuesday 14 December during regular class times.  Presentation of test results (belts and stripes) will take place on Thursday 16 December, also during regular class times (see the calendar for more details).  Spectators are welcome to attend both events; the Dojo COVID-19 protocols apply.

In light of the shorter than usual fall session due to the late start, the test subjects for the new students (children with white belt no stripes) will be as follows:

 

  • 5:15 pm class: demonstrate stances, punches, blocks and kicks.

  • 6:00 pm class: demonstrate stances, punches, blocks, kicks, strikes and Kata dai ichi.

Test subjects for students with stripes/colored belts will be discussed individually.

UPDATE – SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER 2021

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

 

In keeping with the latest BC Provincial and Interior Health COVID-19 orders and in the best interest of our extended Dojo family, effective Tuesday 26 October, all persons (students, instructors and spectators) must meet the following requirements to enter the Dojo:

 

  • MASKS:  All persons 5 years old and up must wear a mask.

  • VACCINATION:  All persons 12 years old and up must be fully vaccinated;  a person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  The BC vaccine card (paper or digital copy) must be presented.  The card for fully vaccinated persons is green.  The card only needs to be presented once; the vaccination status is recorded in our Dojo attendance list.

 

       For students and instructors who have already presented their vaccination cards during the week of 18-22 October:  no need to         present your card again.  Your vaccination status has already been recorded.

 

​The COVID-19 protocols are in place until 31 Jan 2022, subject to possible extension.  The Dojo COVID-19 Safety Plan can be viewed here; a paper copy is also available at the Dojo.

DOJO ACCESS

To minimize congestion during class transition, Dojo access is as follows:

  • ENTRANCE: All classes enter the Dojo using the lower level door facing the parking lot (the regular entrance).

  • EXIT: All classes exit the Dojo using the lower level door (next to the fridge) facing the covered BBQ area.  

Signs are posted.  Do not arrive at the Dojo more than 10 minutes before your class time.  

UPDATE – WEDNESDAY 6 OCTOBER 2021

 

DOJO RE-OPENING

 

The fall session classes starts on Tuesday 19 October.  All classes are full; contact us if you wish to be added to the waiting list.  See the calendar for class times and session activities.

 

COVID-19 VACCINATION

 

By order of the BC Provincial Health Officer, COVID-19 vaccination requirements for high intensity indoor exercise (which includes martial arts) are as follows:

 

  • Instructors and students: 

    • Under 12 years old: not required.

    • 12 years old and over: required.  People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  The BC vaccine card (paper or digital copy) must be presented at the beginning of the first class.  The card for fully vaccinated people is green.  Students without a card will not be able to join the class.

 

  • Spectators (any age): not required.  However, the total number of people in the Dojo must be less than 50.

 

For contact tracing purposes, student attendance will be taken and spectator names will be recorded at each class.  The vaccination requirement is in place until 31 Jan 2022, subject to possible extension.

The situation will be reassessed after the first week of classes.  The health and safety of our students and their families being our top priority,  additional measures may be implemented if deemed necessary starting the week of 25 October.

MASK WEARING

 

Anyone entering the Dojo (students, instructors and spectators) ages 5 and above must wear a mask.

FALL SESSION INVOICES

The invoices for student fees were distributed via e-mail on Tuesday 5 October.  Due to the delayed start of the session (19 October instead of 14 September as originally planned), the fall session students fees were reduced by 30%.  The payment due date is Tuesday 19 October.  Payment methods are described on the invoices.

DISTRIBUTION OF FREE DOGIS (uniforms)

The free dogis will be distributed on Tuesday 19 October at the end of each class; invoice must be paid (as applicable) in order to receive the free dogi.  Students can wear loose clothing for the first class (such as sweat pants and a T-shirt).

DOJO ACCESS

To minimize congestion and ensure the number of people in the Dojo at any one time stays under 50, Dojo access will be as follows:

  • 5:15 pm class (6-7 years old): enter and exit using the lower level door and use the lower level coat rack.

  • 6:00 pm class (8-12 years old): enter and exit using the upper level door and use the upper level coat rack.  Once the 5:15 pm class students have left the lower level, the 6:00 pm students will then move down to the lower level.

  • 7:15 pm class (teens 13+ and adults):  enter and exit using the lower level door and use the lower level coat rack.

                              WINTER 2022 SESSION GIFT CERTIFICATES

Get a great deal for the winter session; the Cedar Heights Community Association Online Auction includes two karate gift certificates with starting bids of $10.00 and $20.00.  Bid closing date is 15 December.  Click here for the Online Auction website.

                                         WINTER 2022 SESSION (4 January to 17 March)                                                                          REGISTRATION

NEW STUDENTS

New students can register online now for the winter 2022 session (click here for more information about the registration process for new students) or contact us if you have questions.  The winter 2022 session will start on Tuesday 4 January.

CURRENT STUDENTS - IMPORTANT 


Students currently attending the fall 2021 session do not need to register again for the winter 2022 session.  All fall session students are asked to let us know no later than Thursday 16 December if they will attend or not the winter 2022 session; please send us this form.

                                    EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFTS - $4,355.

During our fall session reopening promotion, the Dojo provided gifts of dogis (uniforms) to 39 former/new students (valued at $1,630.) and granted session classes to 25 former students (valued  at $2,725.) at no cost to those students.

                              DELAYED START OF WINTER 2022 SESSION

Our winter session was scheduled to start on Tuesday 4 January.    New BC health restrictions came into effect on 20 and 22 December to help stop the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.  Notwithstanding the restrictions, BC continues to report record-high daily COVID-19 case counts;  this growth in COVID-19 cases is expected to continue.  The health and safety of our students, instructors and our Dojo families are our top priorities in these uncertain times.   As such, the start of the winter session is delayed until Tuesday 18 January.   This will also allow more time for people to get their vaccination.   

                                                                              DOJO ACCESS

To minimize congestion during class transition, Dojo access is as follows:

  • ENTRANCE: All classes enter the Dojo using the lower level door facing the parking lot (the regular entrance).

  • EXIT: All classes exit the Dojo using the lower level door (next to the fridge) facing the covered BBQ area.  

Signs are posted.  Do not arrive at the Dojo more than 10 minutes before your class time.  

     PLEASE NOTE

The Thursday 3 February regular classes and the Saturday 5 February class (Black Belt) have been cancelled.  Click here for more details.                                   

Fall Leaves

                                                                                               

 

                                                                                                  FALL 2021 SESSION

 

                                                           (19 October - 16 December)

  • MASKS:  All persons 5 years old and up must wear a mask.

  • VACCINATION:

    • All persons 12 years old and up: must be fully vaccinated (2 doses).  The BC vaccine card (paper or digital copy) must be presented.  The card for fully vaccinated persons is green.  The card only needs to be presented once; the vaccination status is recorded in our Dojo attendance list.

    • All persons 5 to 11 years old:  not required (vaccine only available starting 29 November).

                                                                                               

 

                                                                                                   WINTER 2022 SESSION

 

                                                                  (18 January - 17 March)

 

  • MASKS:  All persons 5 years old and up must wear a mask; the mask must cover the mouth and nose.  Three-layer masks are highly encouraged.  If you forget your mask, adult and children sized single use disposable masks are available at the Dojo.

  • VACCINATION:

    • All persons 12 years old and up: must be fully vaccinated (2 doses).  The BC vaccine card (paper or digital copy) must be presented.  The card for fully vaccinated persons is green.  The card only needs to be presented once; the vaccination status is recorded in our Dojo attendance list.   If the card was presented during the fall 2021 session, there is no need to present the card again.

    • All persons 5 to 11 years old:  must be partially vaccinated (first dose).   The BC vaccine card (paper or digital copy) must be presented.  To join the winter session, the card must be presented on Tuesday 18 January.  The card for partially vaccinated persons is blue.  The card only needs to be presented once; the vaccination status is recorded in our Dojo attendance list.                    

                 

Snowy Night

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                  CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TWO NEW BLACK BELTS

Congratulations to George Landry and Haden Dowler who successfully tested for their Black Belts on Wednesday 26 January 2022; they earned the 1st Dan Black Belt in Shorei-Kai Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate.  Their Black Belt and certificate were presented by Vic Hargitt Shihan, 8th Dan Black Belt, President of the Shorei-Kan Canada Karate Association.  George Sensei and Haden Sensei have been members of the Shuswap Dojo since 2013 and key contributors to the success of the Dojo.  Many thanks and well done!

                                         
                                     SPRING 2022 SESSION TESTING


Testing will be held on Tuesday 14 June during regular class times.  Presentation of test results (belts and stripes) will take place on Thursday 16 June, also during regular class times.  Family members are welcome to attend both events.

For more details see the Dojo calendar or the 26 May e-mail.

FALL 2022 SESSION

(Tuesday 20 Sep - Thursday 15 Dec)
                                     

NEW STUDENTS

 

  • Now accepting new student registrations for the fall session.

            

  • An information meeting will be held at the Dojo on Thursday 8 September at 6:00 pm.   The purpose of the meeting is to meet the new students/parents, present how the Dojo operates, sign the release of liability form, size students for their uniforms and answer any questions.

 

  •  In the meantime, contact us if you have any questions.

RETURNING STUDENTS/INSTRUCTORS

            

  • ​Current students/instructors (i.e. those who attended the spring 2022 session) and past students/instructors who want to rejoin, need to submit the Returning Student/Instructor Confirmation Form no later than Friday 2 September to guarantee your spot for the fall session.

  • Returning students needing a new dogi need to come to the 8 September information meeting to be sized for their new dogi (see above for more details about the information meeting).

FALL 2022 SESSION INFORMATION           

  • Thursday 8 Sep, 6:00 pm:  An information meeting for all new students will be held at the Dojo (lower level).  The purpose of the meeting is to meet the new students/parents, present how the Dojo operates, sign the release of liability form, size students for their uniforms (dogi), take a pictures of the students and answer any questions.  Returning students are welcome to attend if they wish.  However, returning students needing a new dogi, must come to the Dojo to be sized.

 

  •  Tuesday 20 Sep:  First day of classes.  In light of the increased number of students, we now need to use both entrances of the Cedar Heights Community Centre:

    • 5 - 6 years old class (6:00 pm):  use the upper level door to enter and exit the Dojo.​

    • 7 - 11 years old class (6:00 pm):  use the lower level door to enter and exit the Dojo.

    • Youths (12+)/adults class (7:15 pm): use the lower level door to enter and exit the Dojo.

  •  Thursday 15 Dec: last day of classes.  See the Dojo calendar for the session activities.

  • In the meantime, contact us if you have any questions.

       NEW CLASS STUCTURE FOR FALL 2022 SESSION


We received a larger than usual number of registration forms for children wishing to join our Dojo for the fall session; this resulted in a long waiting list for the 5-7 year old class.   In order to accommodate as many children and youths as possible, we have therefore changed our class structure for the fall 2022 session as follows (the class times remain the same):

                                        





 

   FORMER CLASS STRUCTURE

  • Children 5 - 7 years old

  • Children 8 - 12 years old

  • Teens (13+)/adults   

            CLASS TIMES

  • 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm

  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

  • 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm 

      NEW CLASS STRUCTURE

  • Children 5 - 6 years old

  • Children 7 - 11 years old

  • Youths (12+)/adults   

FALL 2022 SESSION INFORMATION           

  •  Tuesday 20 Sep:  First day of classes.  In light of the increased number of students, we now need to use both entrances of the Cedar Heights Community Centre:

    • 5 - 6 years old class (6:00 pm):  use the upper level door to enter and exit the Dojo.​

    • 7 - 11 years old class (6:00 pm):  use the lower level door to enter and exit the Dojo.

    • Youths (12+)/adults class (7:15 pm): use the lower level door to enter and exit the Dojo.

  •  Thursday 15 Dec: last day of classes.  See the Dojo calendar for the session activities.

  • In the meantime, contact us if you have any questions.

                           FALL 2022 SESSION MAKE-UP CLASSES           
​​
Student testing takes place at the end of each session.  One of the testing criteria is that students must attend a minimum of 75% of the classes during the session.    The Dojo is experiencing a higher than normal level of absenteeism as the cold and flu season hits the region more severely than usual.  So far in the session, approximately 30% of the students are below the criteria, with most being close to meeting it.  To help students achieve the 75%, boost their overall attendance, improve their skills or simply get more training, we will be holding four make-up classes as follows:
 

  1. Sunday 27 Nov:  1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

   2. Sunday 27 Nov:  2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
   3. 
Sunday 4 Dec:     1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
​   4. 
Sunday  4 Dec:    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

 

  • Classes are free.  Just show up.

  • Enter using the lower level.

  • Those are combined classes for all age groups. 

  • Discuss your level of attendance and readiness for testing with your Black Belt instructor. 

The other testing criteria can be found here (bottom of page)

Videos and textbooks of karate subjects can be found on this page as well.

Rotary Club of Salmon Arm
Chili Taste Off


Saturday 3 December 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Rotary Club of Salmon Arm will be hosting its second annual Chili Taste Off on Saturday 3 December as part of the Downtown Salmon Arm Holiday Market.   Last year, the funds raised went to the BC Flood Relief.  We are grateful that this year the proceeds will go to our Shuswap Support to Ukrainians project.  As limited tickets are available, please send an e-mail ASAP to shuswapukrainians@gmail.com to reserve your ticket(s).  Payment instructions will then follow.

In order to plan for the
     Thursday 15 December end of year event
mentioned above, please let us know by FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER how many family members (including students) will be attending by sending this
 this short online form. 

                                         
                             FALL 2022 SESSION TESTING ACTIVITIES


- Tuesday 6 December:  Regular classes.  Students considered ready for testing will be informed by their instructors.
- Thursday 8 December:  Regular classes.  Final review of subjects.
- Tuesday 13 December: Testing (lower level).  Families are invited to attend.
                        - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm:  5-6 years old class followed by the 7-11 years old class.
                        - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: youths (12+)/adults class.
- Thursday 15 December: end of year event for all age groups.  Families are invited to attend.
                        - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm:  presentation of test results and demonstrations (lower level).
                        - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm:  snacks and refreshments (upper level) for all students and their families.

                  FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO BRING FINGER FOODS (appetizer or dessert) TO SERVE 6 to 8 PEOPLE.
                                                                      REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED.
 

                                       WINTER 2023 SESSION

                       Tuesday 10 January - Thursday 16 March
                          
          
                                   Returning Students/Instructors


Students/instructors currently attending the fall 2022 session need to let us know no later than Friday 16 December if they will be attending or not the winter 2023 session by using the online Returning Student/Instructor Confirmation  Form.    If no form is received, we will automatically assume that you will not be attending and your spot will be assigned to a new student on the waiting list.


                                                                       
New Students

​New students wishing to join the winter 2023 session can submit the online New Student Registration Form.   Registrations are processed on a first come first served basis.   We will inform you of space availability during the week of 19 December.

 Fall 2022 Session
Testing Programme 
for Tues 13 Dec

                                            ​​​

Fall 2022 Session
Attendance Stats
           20 Sep - 17 Nov 2022
                                                         ​​​

WINTER 2023 SESSION ACTIVITIES   

 

      (Tuesday 10 January - Thursday 16 March)       

  • Thursday 5 January, 6:00 pm:  An important information meeting for all new students will be held at the Dojo (lower level).  The purpose of the meeting is to meet the new students/parents, present how the Dojo operates, sign the release of liability form, size new and returning students for their uniforms (dogi) if needed, take pictures of students and answer any questions.  

 

  •  Tuesday 10 January:  First day of classes.  Please use the entrances as follows:

    • 5 - 6 years old class (6:00 pm):  use the upper level door to enter and exit the Dojo.​

    • 7 - 11 years old class (6:00 pm):  use the lower level door to enter and exit the Dojo.

    • Youths (12+)/adults class (7:15 pm): use the lower level door to enter and exit the Dojo.

  •  Thursday 15 March: Last day of karate classes for the winter session.  See the Dojo calendar for the session activities.   The Dojo closure will coincide with the school spring break.  The spring karate session will start on Tuesday 4 April, after the school spring break ends.

  • REGISTRATION:   We currently have a few openings available for new students.  New students wishing to join the winter 2023 session may submit the online New Student Registration Form.   Registrations are processed on a first come first served basis.   We will inform you of space availability within  2 to 3 days.

 

                                                          Contact us if you have any questions.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM

 Students/parents are required to sign a Release of Liability form  before attending the first class (paper copy will be provided).  The form can be viewed here.

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