Updated: 23rd February 2021
Dear Students, members and Club Instructors
No doubt you have been listening to the latest government announcements regarding the Road map out of lockdown.
I have taken calls and messages from students, parents and instructors today wondering how the opening of schools on the 8th March and further lifting of restrictions on the 29th will affect our return to training.
The short answer is “we don’t know”.
The optimistic answer is that we hope to open again by mid-April.
If we take the worst-case scenario, all classes will be open again by mid-May at the latest.
In truth, the full implications for our Organisation and Clubs are still unclear, a full announcement will follow in the coming days and we intend to continue with weekly updates via social media, should there be any immediate change or breaking news, this will also be posted.
We are, however, hopeful that we will be allowed to return to training and see the opening of our Clubs / Dojos by mid-April, although this may be a phased return.
A Phased Return
We hope to eventually get back to our normal timetable and class structure, however in the short term this may not be possible.
Prior to the lockdown we opened for Juniors only, this was not ideal for our Adults classes, however this may be our only option until mid-May.
We hope that it won’t come to this and we will be able to open for both Juniors and Adults in April. However, opening classes for Adults will depend largely on the rules around group activities for Adults and Youth’s over 18 years and will be decided by Government and the Sale Dojo building management.
Junior classes may need to be split into separate age groups until Adults classes start again.
For Adult classes, our initial feeling is training may need to be as socially distanced as possible. Though, we are hopeful we will be given greater permissions or at least the option to train with a single training partner.
As we really don’t know what will happen for the next few days, we are asking members to remain patient while we seek confirmation from Sport England, The World Health Organisation and The Government.
Updated: 17th February 2021
Returning to the Club after the COVID 19 Outbreak (news and information for re-opening our Ju-Jitsu Classes)
, however we do need to follow government guidence regarding adult classes.
We can see a way forward and the return to schools in early March will signal a change for our club.
its expected that we will be restricted to just junior classes at first, followed by adult classes a few weeks later.
7pm to 7.45pm
Juniors age 12 to 15 years - 7.45pm to 8.30pm
Adults - 8.30pm to 10.00pm (as soon as we can open)
Thursdays Ju-Jitsu classes will not re-open until further notice, this is due to other classes running along side ours, meaning there could be a risk from higher numbers of students in the building at the same time.
Thursday Womens Self defense Classes are also on hold for the same reasons as above and due to the type of contact training involved.
NEW SATURDAY CLASSES
We are looking at opening for Ju-Jitsu and padwork lessons, two Saturdays per month as long as we have enough interest and as soon as we are able to open for adult classes.
we hope that this will help students that normally train on a Thursday but also for students that want an extra session or two each month, all grades welcome as well as new students.
Lates Course Hosted by BJJKO at our club in Sale, More details can be found on the BJJKO News Page
Following changes to Government guidance on 1st July 2020 we now have a clear plan regarding junior classes.
With any luck and with all our fingers and toes crossed we are looking to open our clubs soon, like most other martial arts organisations, we have been keeping an eye on changing rules that affect our clubs.
Information in past weeks regarding opening clubs has been, at best vague if not completely confusing and contradictory.
The main problem has been that martial arts clubs don’t have a category of their own, the closest type of businesses are Gym’s and leisure centres, this, I’m afraid seems to be the problem.
We are somewhat like a gym with regard to our type of training but unlike gym’s we have a large number of junior members who as school children use a completely different criteria.
The realisation that we fall into two different categories changes everything, and so we have decided we need two sets of rules when reopening our clubs, we will deal with how we reopen the adult classes as soon as we have a firm plan, however due to new government guidance we can now see a clear path forward.
As an organisation we fit the criteria that enables us to use new government guidelines used for providers of Out-Of-School Settings (OOSS) published on 1st July 2020 to categorise our junior classes.
There are two specific criteria to address first, the Rules and guidance for Out of School Activities and, the government guidance on “Child Protection and Safeguarding Children”, a checklist for both of these will be included (section 2 and 3)
Over the past weeks all of our Instructors have completed “Coronavirus Safe Instructor for Martial Arts” courses so that we are all aware of procedures relating to preventing the spread of the virus.
The plan for clubs reopening junior classes: This may change from club to club so please speak to your club representative regarding their schedule and format.
Schools have bubbles for set year groups with certain year groups excluded from school at the moment, once schools break up for the summer, the rules change, we can then set up our own bubbles for our junior classes, this will be made up of one bubble for students of primary school age and another for students of secondary school age, this will mean that we do not need to maintain social distancing among the primary school age group.
We can have groups of up to 15 students and 3 Instructors on the mat at one time, however we will not be able to have parents in the Dojo during the lesson, please speak to your clubs representative for their drop off and collection policy as this will differ depending on your club.
In order to comply with COVID rules, and to mitigate the risk, there will be a number of procedures put in place, we have a weekly risk assessment for clubs that complies with government recommendations and we will be putting this in place prior to opening, as with all our documentation, a copy of this document is available to all our members on request.
Section# 2 Official Government Guidelines:
Protective measures for providers of Community activities, holiday or after school-clubs, tuition and other Out-Of-School Settings (OOSS) offering provision to children during the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak, 1st July 2020
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending Out-of-School Settings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, 1st July 2020.
Who can attend Out-of-School Setting (OOSS)
When state schools in your local area have closed for the summer term, children of all ages may attend OOSS. However there may be additional risks that relate to older children which will be considered as part of your individual clubs risk assessment.
Attending an OOSS can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of children and young people. However, it is crucial that we ensure we are minimising the risks to the nation’s health. It is for this reason that parents and carers are being encouraged to limit the number of settings their children attend as far as possible, and ideally to ensure their children attend the same setting consistently.
Before choosing an Out-of-School Setting provider for your child, the following government guidance should be given serious consideration.
World Health Organisation recommendations for Martial Arts Clubs ‘in class’ Safe training for Adults – basic requirements:
hand sanitisers, disinfectant mops, disposable cloths, gloves, paper towels.
Guidance for Adult students when attending classes:
1, If you feel ill or have symptoms relating to the Covid 19 virus, please do not attend the class, take the week off and come back when you feel better.
2, We will be operating a single entry and exit policy, please enter using the main door and exit via the fire escape.
3, Hand sanitiser will be available on entry, please use it.
4, Please pay for your lesson on entry as we will not be able to take payment in the Dojo.
5, A ‘single user’ rule for all equipment
i.e. focus pads, gloves may be used by one person in any class – all equipment will be appropriately cleaned after use.
4, Permitted by Government regulation, partner training can occur. Under this Policy, students must remain with the same training partner for the duration of the class (i.e. no changing training partners during the lesson).
5, Provision will be made for students who wish to train away from others, if this sound like you, please make this known to one of our instructors.
6, Spectators are not allowed.
7, The Dojo will be cleaned before and after the lesson, however toilets should be cleaned by the user after use (this means you).
We are very proud to announce that on 24th October 2018 Sale Ju-Jitsu Academy and Winsford Ju-Jitsu Club became members of the UKBF, (United Kingdom Budo Federation)
this will be a positive move for both our clubs, UKBF focus on promoting Japanese Martial Arts in the UK and insist that success is based on quality of instruction rather than financial gain, we will have many new opportunities to attend training courses, seminars and other events within the UK, many of these in the north of England where they are very accessible to all our students, there will be no interruption to training and any changes we make will be to benefit our students.
Sale Ju-Jitsu Presentation 2017
another successful year comes to a close, thank you to all my students, parents, instructors and friends for your support this year, unfortunately our senior Coach, Shihan McConville wasn't able to make it this year due to other engagements, I am, as always grateful to him for all his work and support this year, most of which is not seen or fully appreciated by most of us, However as usual our sister club in Winsford never let us down and we were very happy to welcome Richard, Sophie & Dave from Winsford Ju-Jitsu Club who gave their time and experience during the presentation and in helping to teach the adults class last night.
SJJA and our sister club, Winsford Ju-Jitsu Club were invited to a special training session on Tuesday 31st January, Free to
WJJF members, guest instructor John Greenhalgh 10th Dan took high grades and instructors through some advanced techniques in what turned out to be a superb training session, to top off a perfect
morning we were presented with some very nice pads and shields, donated by WJJF CIC in support of its growing number of clubs.
Thank you to Shihan Robert Hart, Shihan Brian Truby and of course Hanshi John Greenhalgh for a very enjoyable day.
Another memorable DAN grading at WJJF Headquarters.
Well Done to my good friend and training partner Richard wallace on passing his 3rd DAN, the aches and pains started this morning.
thanks to Sensei Mike Widdall for putting us through pour paces and of course for his kind words and encouragement throughout
Sensei Lee Nelson Being presented with the Club Registration for
Sale Ju-Jitsu Academy
by Sensei Andrew McConville
Last Night was the first Sale Ju-Jitsu Academy Training Session.
It was a slow start with only a few brave new students, but as always Winsford Jujitsu Club showed up in force to do what we do best.
As expected the knife technique session received the most comments.
A very Special Thank you to Sensei Andrew Robinson, Sensei Neil Cheswick & not forgetting Sensei Andrew McConville
I would also like to thank the Assistant instructors for their help, Sophie Wallace, Jack Birtles, Chris Wright & Richard Wallace.
Last but by no means least, thank you to the first Sale Ju-Jitsu Students for your support, the first session is always the most difficult, or should I say walking through the door for the first time.
All in all a good night
7pm - 7.45pm (age 5 to 10)
7.45pm to 8.30pm (age 11 to 15)
Wednesday 8.30pm - 10.00pm
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