Roadmap for return
Our training has been suspended since March 2020.
At the end of August the British Aikido Board issued guidance that enables a restricted form of training to resume (subject to availability of venues). Initial training must be strictly non-contact with distancing and hygiene measures in place.
This means solo weapons training is permissible because it can be done at a distance. Training with weapons is part of the Aikido syllabus and fits perfectly within the restricted training environment. It also develops hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.
Our current position at Sankaku
We cannot yet return to train indoors. Please bear in mind that our venue is a school, with its own health and safety obligations, which will impact on our ability to resume indoor training in the short term.
However, every few weeks, we are meeting outdoors on a Saturday afternoon for weapons training. If you want to take part please contact us beforehand because these sessions are being arranged on an ad-hoc basis (and are also dependant on the weather).
Hygiene measures will also be observed. Use of hand sanitiser before, during and after practice is a must (we have a supply, but please do bring your own as well). We also have a supply of cleaning spray that must be used on any shared club weapons before and after use.
The average length of an Aikido Jo (wooden stick) is 1.2 metres, and so the distancing requirement almost takes care of itself!
Enquiries or questions
If you want to raise any questions about the above information, or if you are interested in joining us for one of our outdoor sessions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch using the button below.