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Our procedures to keep everyone healthy at the Dojo

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 04:09

Classical Martial Arts Centre Renge Dojo SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR PREVENTION OF COVID-19

Preparing to come to Class:

  1. All members must confirm their schedule via Email. (cmactoronto@gmail.com)
  2. At this point we are only reopening for the Adults, so there will be roughly 1/3 of the students coming to the Dojo, compared to usual.
  3. Due to the Social distancing requirements we can only have 18 students in the Dojo at a time, (Including the newly expanded warmup area).
  4. All classes (only 2 per evening), have been scheduled 15 min apart.         
  5. All students must come to class in their uniform as all change-rooms are currently off-limits.
  6. If you are uncomfortable coming to the Dojo at this point, our ZOOM feature will remain available.
  7. All students must wear a mask before entering the Dojo And while not actively engaged in class.
  8. Students must bring a bag in which to place their shoes, jacket etc.
  9. If you are unwell or display any symptoms Please DO NOT COME… STAY HOME and use the Zoom feature instead

Upon Arrival:

  1. Please arrive about 5 -10 mins early
  2. A signal system has been put into place. We ask that you remain outside maintaining your social distancing and wearing your mask, when the red ‘PLEASE WAIT’ sign is displayed in the window. When it is changed to the green ‘COME IN’ sign, please come in.

Entering to the Dojo:

  1. Once the Instructors are ready to let you in, the main door and the interior doors will be propped open. Students will have 5 minutes to undergo the following:
  2. Students will enter one at a time as directed by the Instructors
  3. Each student will be required to sanitize their hands and have their temperature taken with an infrared thermometer at the door before being invited into the Dojo.
  4. If a student is shown to have an above normal temperature, they will be asked to return home.
  5. Masks must be worn in the entrance warm up and restrooms, unless medically unable to wear one. (Asthma, etc.)

During class:

  1. After being admitted to the Dojo floor, students will be directed to one of the physically distanced training zones, and place their bag in a spot along the wall that is easily accessible to that zone.
  2. To prevent hyperventilation and dehydration, during portions of vigorous exercise, the mask may be removed if the student finds that it inhibits proper breathing, as long as the student stays in their marked zone. Masks can still be worn during less intense portions of the class.
  3. Physical distancing will be strictly controlled during all aspects of the class.
  4. We have taped the Dojo floors to create (6ftx6ft / 2m x2m) zones.
  5. Small shared targets, kicking shields and the Heavy bag, will not be used until further notice.
  6. If a student requires the washroom, Every student will be required to wash their hands thoroughly after a visit to the facilities and before they return directly to their designated zone.

Leaving the Dojo:

  1. At the end of class, students will be given 5 minutes to leave the Dojo. (Please do this efficiently so that we can clean the Dojo for the next class).
  2. Students will first put on their masks, collect their bags, then be dismissed one at a time as they bow out the door
  3. Students will then exit the same door as they came in.

Risk Assessment Screening Questions

1.      Do you have any of the following symptoms which are new, or worsened if associated with allergies, chronic/pre-existing conditions such as:
·      A new or developing cough? q Yes q No
·      Shortness of breath? q Yes q No
·      Sore throat or difficulty swallowing q Yes q No
·      Runny nose, sneezing, or nasal congestion? q Yes q No
·      Nausea or upset stomach? q Yes q No
·      Are you feeling unusually tired? q Yes q No
·      And aches, pains or chills? q Yes q No
·      Do you have a Fever? q Yes q No
2.     Have you returned to Canada from outside the country (including from USA) in the past 14 days? q Yes q No
In the past 14 days, at work or elsewhere, while not wearing appropriate PPE:
3.     Have you had contact with anyone with a respiratory illness, or a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19? q Yes q No
4.     Have you had contact with anyone with a respiratory illness who returned from travel outside Canada in the 14 days before they became ill? q Yes q No


  • If answer is NO to all questions from 1 to 4, and they show normal temperature, THEY CAN BE ADMITTED.


  • If answer is YES to any question from 1 to 4, they WILL BE ASKED TO RETURN HOME.


The Elements By O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-07 16:00

The Elements

Metal, Earth, Fire, Wood, Water.

Wood weakens water.

Earth unites water.

Water extinguishes fire.

Wood fears metal.


The Steps of a Kata

The forward steps are metal.

The back steps are wood.

The left steps are fire.

The right steps are water.

There are no straight lines in the Universe.

Man crated straight lines.

In nature energy – Ki flows in circles.

Man created “Shaa” the destructive energy.

An arrow comes in a straight line,

A bullet comes in a straight line.

The punch comes in straight.

– A negative energy.


when a destructive energy comes towards you, you must turn it back.

The physical part is to block the blow and return a punch, but the mental part is to block the blow and send the energy back.

By O’Sensei Kim Hanshi

When another causes you suffering

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-07 08:23

I’m too old to practice Martial Arts?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-07 08:06

We’re Baaaaack!

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-01 03:08

Ohiyo Gozaimasu Budoka,

We hope that this finds you happy and healthy.
These have certainly been interesting and challenging times,

Congratulations to so many of you for persevering with your training through it all!
We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to all the parents and students for your unwavering dedication and support during the lockdown procedure.
For those who attended classes and endured the ZOOM format, you have performed admirably and did an excellent job getting to this point.
For those who were unable to attend, but still sent us messages of continued support, we thank you so much, it meant a lot to us knowing that you were supporting us.

And now, our determination and patience has paid off.
So it is with great pleasure that we are officially re-opening on Wednesday August 5th commencing a staggered rollout of regular classes at the Dojo while following COVID-19 protocols.

This Week Commencing Aug 5th – Black Belts and Kobudo

Commencing Aug 10th – Adult Karate Do and Tai Chi Chuan.

Commencing Aug 24th – Yoots

Commencing Aug 24th or September 08th – Younglings (depending on how the numbers of new infections are progressing in the city).

We emphasize that your safety and health is our 1st priority.
Therefore, we have implemented several adjustments to ensure the quality of training in a COVID-safe environment as much as possible.

This includes :
demolition of the Men’s changing room and expansion of the Warm up area to facilitate more students while maintaining physical distancing.

Professional cleaning every Day.

Disinfecting and steam cleaning in between classes.

And much, much more.

We will be sending an outline of the new procedures and precautions in next weeks newsletter.

ZOOM classes will still be available and the schedule will be adjusted to coincide with the ‘in Dojo’ class times.

We have greatly missed having you here, and are very much looking forward to seeing all of you back in the classes continuing your training!
We understand that some of you may not be ready to return immediately, so you may continue with the online training for the time being.

If you have not attended zoom classes then the time that you missed will be added to you present membership term, even if it expired during the lockdown.
So yo have not lost any of your classes.

Thank you again for your support and understanding as we adapt to our current government policies regarding COVID-19.
We will continue to update you as there will be expected changes going forward. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.


Kung Foolery by Sensei Wakefield

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-01 03:07

Angry White Pyjamas by Ian Simons

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-01 02:46

Angry White Pyjamas is A book that starts talking about an english teacher who teaches english to high school girls in Tokyo. But decides that he is not complete as A man without a challenge that will improve his physical capability, So early in the story he finds an Aikido dojo and after his first free class he and his friend decide to join the dojo.


The main idea from this book is the makeup of so many different things coming together in the martial arts. On how much of an incredible and positive impact it has on people. In the Beginning Robert explained his work and lifestyle, but he felt that there was that empty space inside him that was not filled. He felt that he didn’t have any physical strength/challenge, but later in the story Robert and his friends/roommates find a dojo through other friends who told them about it, once they get there they watch as how things unfold in the dojo. They witness the discipline that is demonstrated, the concentration, and the physique that goes on as well. They go on watching how the sensei shows them how to take on attackers with knives, and the sensei moves so fast that within a few seconds the students get thrown to the ground. This book is based on an older era in Tokyo, therefore the dojos and teachers were extremely strict even more than today. Meaning that you had to deal with pain for long periods of time, when you couldn’t do something you had to learn how to do it right or you will get injured. With that in mind Robert learned more and more every time he trained and he could do things better because he was getting a little bit stronger everyday, and not just Robert but also Robert’s friends were making some good progress, even Fat Frank as they called him, was becoming more agile and he could do the majority of the exercises with less difficulty. As they all kept training, the opportunity to join the Police force was soon gonna present itself, and Robert told his friends that they should all take the course to take their training to the next level. The dojos of today are not as strict as they are in this story, but they still keep a high level of discipline, and they have the same attitude when it comes to trying your hardest.
If you don’t try your best, then there is no point in being in the martial arts. Even though both eras of now and then, have their different levels and styles of discipline and ways of being strict they both still share the same idea and meaning to the martial arts.

In conclusion this is a really good martial arts book, because it really goes into detail

about what happens in the dojo and what to expect, as well as what is expected of you when you train. It shows the reader how powerful, amazing and beneficial martial arts can be. Not just beneficial for your body but also beneficial to your mind and spirit. It can also inspire people to get into doing martial arts so they can get discipline, and knowledge of how to handle situations that can end up in them having to defend themselves. But the main components of martial arts is discipline, respect and understanding. Which is why this is such a good martial arts book because

the detail on everything revolves around these components, without them karate would not be karate.

by Ian Simons

Grading results Aug 1st

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-01 02:45

This is to certify, that the following have achieved the ranks listed below.
We expect that with continued training and diligent study,
there will be further progress in the future.

Karate-Do: Youth Orange

Ella Hass (Y)

Karate-Do: Children Yellow/orange

Nimí Balogun



Maestro Urban

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-25 22:03

MAAI – Timing/Distancing

Permalink - Posted on 2020-07-22 13:00

Sensei Chojun Miaygi

Chojun Miyagi (left) observes a training session.

With any type of response such as a separate block and counter, as in go no sen, timing is of great importance.  In go no sen you must time your block correctly with the incoming attack. If you mistime the block, either too early or too late, your block will miss the attack allowing it through to its target.  The concept of timing and distancing is key in the martial arts.  Here, the two concepts are conjoined much like space and time in modern theoretical physics.  If a person has a technique or weapon that has a longer range than that of their opponent, then they can initiate their attack before their opponent so their distancing affects their timing.

In addition, if speed is equaled to distance travelled over the time taken, then the speed of the technique, which of course affects its timing, is dependent upon the efficiency of the movement. Let’s say for example that you have positions measured from 0 to 10.  If one’s technique (“Technique A”) starts in the middle (position 5), withdraws to position 0, and then is launched forward from there to make contact at position 10, such a technique – all things being equal – would be three times slower than one that is simply/cleanly launched from position 5 to position 10 (“Technique B”).  That is because “Technique A” will have travelled three times the distance than “Technique B,” the more direct and efficient technique. So clean, efficient movement is key to quality martial arts.  We can further influence speed/timing, by adjusting the time element of the equation. In a relative sense, the time a technique takes is dependent upon one’s opponent’s perception of the beginning of the technique.

For example, in the simple Ippon Kumite, one may have a very good/fast technique, but if one telegraphs the technique by preceding it with a tell (an extraneous movement that alerts your opponent that the technique is coming), then the end result is a slow technique, because your opponent will easily be able to intercept it.

Taken from Yakusoku Kumite Volume 1

by Williams & Kenny