First week back!

It was a quiet start, but we’ve finally had our first week back!

We knew it was going to be a quiet start as we have reached out to all the students (or their parents) we had on register as of March 2020, and some of those who responded told us they would be taking the opportunity to go on holiday. On the whole, the majority of you have responded.

There are however, a minority of students who have not responded yet. We would be very grateful if those students could clarify whether or not they intend to return to training, either now or later in September. You can message either Julia or Adam directly, or contact us via the website.

As a reminder, we are planning on being open over the summer holidays this year, so you don’t need to wait until September if you don’t want to!
The opening times are the same as they were before; Doors open around 18:45 with the childrens class starting at 19:00 and the adults class starting at 20:00!

We’re ready, are you?

This Friday gone (Friday 16th July) coaches Julia, Adam and Andy spent a couple hours thoroughly cleaning all the mats, gloves, weapons and even the floors! All are now ready for use again. The next question is, are you?

Prior to cleaning!

As a reminder, all of our members licences have now expired. These will need to be renewed before members can re-join us on the mats. To cut down time dealing with paperwork at the start of the first lesson back, it would help us all out if you could download and fill out the membership form (which you can get here – WJJF-Membership-Form.pdf (840kb))

You can then either bring with you on Friday, or scan the completed form and email it back to us at our dragonspiritaylesbury@gmail.com address.

Whether you bring in your form or email it to us, you will also need to pay the correct membership fee with you. As a reminder:

  • The registration fee for the children’s class (7 – 15yr olds) is £28.
  • The registration fee for adults class (16+ year olds) is £32.
  • We can accept cash, cheques (made payable to ‘J Davies’), or bank transfer. Please contact Julia directly for the account details, as it is not wise to post account details openly on the internet.

Changes to Training.
There are a number of changes we will be implementing once we do fully return. To aid this we have created a dedicated FAQ page, which you can find here – https://dragonspiritaylesbury.co.uk/faqs/covid-19/

One of the buckets after one round of mopping the mats. That was a lot of dust!

Cleaning and Re-Registration!

We’re not quite open yet, but tonight we’re going to be…. open? We can’t resume training until next week, but we will be getting ready tonight.
Cleaning
Even though no one has been on the mats for over a year, it also means that the mats haven’t been cleaned in over a year either, presumably having collected quite a lot of dust. As such the Julia and Adam will be at the hall this evening during the usual class times, 7pm-9pm, giving all of our mats and equipment a thorough cleaning and disinfecting, so that they will be ready to use next week.

As we will be at the hall, if any expired members wish to hand in their membership forms and fee’s to Julia or Adam that would be welcome and appreciated. We will also have some blank membership forms and pens should anyone not have their forms ready.

Memberships
As we have been closed for well over a year all of our members licences will have now expired. These will need to be renewed before members can re-join us on the mats.

Could you please confirm whether you intend to return to training on 23 July 2021 to reserve your place, as we currently have a waiting list of 20 junior students. If you will be returning, we look forward to seeing you!

To cut down time dealing with paperwork at the start of the first lesson back, it would help us all out if you could download and fill out the membership form below.

You can then either bring it down to the hall tonight while we are cleaning, or scan the completed form and email it back to us at our dragonspiritaylesbury@gmail.com address.

You can download a copy of the membership form here – WJJF-Membership-Form.pdf (840kb)

When you bring in your signed and completed form you will also need the correct membership fee with you. As a reminder:

  • The registration fee for the children’s class (7 – 15yr olds) is £28.
  • The registration fee for adults class (16+ year olds) is £32.
  • We can accept cash, cheques (made payable to ‘J Davies’), or bank transfer. Please contact Julia directly for the account details, as it is not wise to post account details openly on the internet.

Changes to Training.
There are a number of changes we will be implementing once we do fully return. To aid this we have created a dedicated FAQ page, which you can find here – https://dragonspiritaylesbury.co.uk/faqs/covid-19/

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #10 – Reopening Plans!!! (Again!)

At long last, we are able to reopen!

The last time we wrote that, we were yet to receive any confirmation from the UK Government about whether or not Phase 4 of the lockdown plan would go ahead. Well yesterday (Monday 12th July) the Government announced those restrictions will be lifted from next Monday 19th July. This means that will be able able to run our first class on Friday 23rd July!

As a reminder though, when we return it won’t be completely back to normal. In order to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for everyone involved, we are implementing the below conditions.

Some of these come from the UK Government guidelines, some from the World Ju-Jitsu Federation, and a couple from the Scouts. Please make sure you read all of these completely. If you have any questions, there is a contact form at the bottom of this page.

Covid-19 Reporting

  • Each WJJF club is required to have at least one nominated ‘Covid Officer’. The Covid Officer is to keep a secure record of any cases of Covid-19 within their class along with continuing to monitor those who have been asked to stay away from the club due to illness.
    They are also to contact all other students who have attended the same class to anonymously advise them that a fellow student has Covid-19. We will not disclose the name of the student(s) who have Covid-19.
  • For our classes, Julia and Adam will be sharing this responsibility. In the event that you / your child tests positive for Covid-19, you must report it to either Julia or Adam as soon as possible.
  • Notifications will be sent via your declared contact method. Any emails relating to this will come via the dragonspiritaylesbury@gmail.com email address.
  • Any student who displays signs of illness known as, or related to Covid-19, will be asked to stay away from the club for at least 10 days. Those displaying cold or flu like symptoms may also be asked to stay away for the same time period.
  • To help facilitate reporting, we have a dedicated reporting page on the website – Not yet enabled. We will enable the page once our classes resume.
  • Alongside this, our class is a registered location on the “NHS Covid-19” app. Students will be able to scan a QR code using the app to document their arrival at the club. Should any student subsequently test positive, the app should notify everyone else who scanned in.
  • Download links for the app can be found here:

Clothing

  • Face masks are not compulsory and will be optional. If you choose to wear a mask, please remember it should cover both the nose and mouth.
  • All students need to arrive ready to train, either in their ‘Keikogi‘ uniform or other suitable workout clothing. Students will not be permitted to change clothes on site.
  • Socks must be worn on the mats in order to minimise the amount of sweat being absorbed by the mats. Students will not be allowed onto the mats barefoot.

Training

  • The large hall can have a maximum of 18 people in it at any one time. with the second smaller hall able to have 12. As we use the large hall, this should not effect our class sizes as we base our numbers on the size of the mats not the hall itself. However we may split the class, taking a small number of students into the smaller hall to practice off mat.
  • It is important for us that we minimise the number of interactions between students. Allowing students to constantly swap partners is ill advised and could increase transmission.
  • Students of the same household should train together if possible.
  • Students who are in the same class at school/college can be allowed to train together.
  • Students who work together in their place of employment can also be allowed to train together.
  • If any of the above are not possible, students will be given the choice of who they wish to train with. However, once that decision is made and mutually agreed the person they have chosen will remain their training partner for the foreseeable future until social distancing is lifted altogether.
  • While we will try to avoid this, if we find a pair of students who struggle to work together, they may be re-assigned to train with other students.
  • Everyone who does not need to be in the training area will have to watch from outside. For us this will mean parents and visitors will be unable to sit in the hall for the duration of the class, and will have to observe from the hallway or wait outside.
  • To maintain proper ventilation, doors to the hall will be kept open at all times.

Sanitation

  • All students must upon arrival wash their hands (in the bathrooms or kitchenette) OR apply alcohol based hand gel to their hands.
  • All students should bring a drink or water bottle clearly labelled with their name. Bottles can be refilled from the kitchen sink, but we will not be able to use the cups in the cupboards.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own hand gel if they have any. The Scouts have installed hand-gel stations and both Julia and Adam have brought hand gels as well.
  • When using hand held equipment (Fomites) such as kick-bags or punching mits, students must wear rubber gloves. Latex and powder free gloves will be provided for this and must be disposed of after use. This is to avoid direct contact with the equipment itself.
  • Such equipment must also be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes, which will also be provided.

Memberships
As we have been closed for well over a year, all of our members licences will have now expired, including our own! These will need to be renewed before members can re-join us on the mats. To aide this, you can download a copy of the membership form here – WJJF-Membership-Form.pdf (840kb)

When you bring in your signed and completed form you will also need the correct membership fee with you. As a reminder:

  • The registration fee for the children’s class (7 – 15yr olds) is £28.
  • The registration fee for adults class (16+ year olds) is £32.
  • We can accept cash or cheques (made payable to ‘J Davies’) but not any credit or debit cards.

Cleaning
Even though no one has been on the mats for over a year, it also means that the mats haven’t been cleaned in over a year either, presumably having collected quite a lot of dust. As such the coaching team plan on giving all of our mats and equipment a thorough cleaning and disinfecting, so that they will be ready to use from the first week back.

We are planning on doing this on this Friday 16th July when we would usually be running a class. As we will be at the hall, if any expired members wish to hand in their membership forms and fee’s to Julia or Adam that would be welcome and appreciated. We will also have some blank membership forms and pens should anyone not have their forms ready.

Questions
We are aware that this is a lot of information to take in, and that you may need to re-read this a few times to find the information you need. If there is a topic you think we have missed or would like to ask us about, then please contact us though the usual methods or using the form below.
We will edit this page as required to add in any missing information based on your questions.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #9

Well we can’t say this wasn’t unexpected.

As we said in the previous update:

We are currently getting ready behind the scenes so that we can open from Friday 25th June, or in case Phase 3 of the lockdown is extended, then as soon as possible after that.

As you may know, yesterday the Government announced the lockdown would indeed be extended, with the lockdown now extended until Monday 19th July. As such, we are now planning on reopening on Friday 23rd July.

We’re also moving the date we were planning on cleaning the mats and opening up for students to re-register, to Friday 16th July.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #8 – Reopening Plans!!!

At long last, we are able to reopen!

We are currently getting ready behind the scenes so that we can open from Friday 25th June, or in case Phase 3 of the lockdown is extended, then as soon as possible after that. For now though, we are going ahead assuming that Phase 4 will be happen on Monday 21st June.

When we return it won’t be completely back to normal. In order to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for everyone involved, we are implementing the below conditions.

Some of these come from the UK Government guidelines, some from the World Ju-Jitsu Federation, and a couple from the Scouts. Please make sure you read all of these completely. If you have any questions, there is a contact form at the bottom of this page.

Covid-19 Reporting

  • Each WJJF club is required to have at least one nominated ‘Covid Officer’. The Covid Officer is to keep a secure record of any cases of Covid-19 within their class along with continuing to monitor those who have been asked to stay away from the club due to illness.
    They are also to contact all other students who have attended the same class to anonymously advise them that a fellow student has Covid-19. We will not disclose the name of the student(s) who have Covid-19.
  • For our classes, Julia and Adam will be sharing this responsibility. In the event that you / your child tests positive for Covid-19, you must report it to either Julia or Adam as soon as possible.
  • Notifications will be sent via your declared contact method. Any emails relating to this will come via the dragonspiritaylesbury@gmail.com email address.
  • Any student who displays signs of illness known as, or related to Covid-19, will be asked to stay away from the club for at least 10 days. Those displaying cold or flu like symptoms may also be asked to stay away for the same time period.
  • To help facilitate reporting, we have a dedicated reporting page on the website – Not yet enabled. We will enable the page once our classes resume.
  • Alongside this, our class is a registered location on the “NHS Covid-19” app. Students will be able to scan a QR code using the app to document their arrival at the club. Should any student subsequently test positive, the app should notify everyone else who scanned in.
  • Download links for the app can be found here:

Clothing

  • Face masks are not compulsory and will be optional. If you choose to wear a mask, please remember it should cover both the nose and mouth.
  • All students need to arrive ready to train, either in their ‘Keikogi‘ uniform or other suitable workout clothing. Students will not be permitted to change clothes on site.
  • Socks must be worn on the mats in order to minimise the amount of sweat being absorbed by the mats. Students will not be allowed onto the mats barefoot.

Training

  • The large hall can have a maximum of 18 people in it at any one time. with the second smaller hall able to have 12. As we use the large hall, this should not effect our class sizes as we base our numbers on the size of the mats not the hall itself. However we may split the class, taking a small number of students into the smaller hall to practice off mat.
  • It is important for us that we minimise the number of interactions between students. Allowing students to constantly swap partners is ill advised and could increase transmission.
  • Students of the same household should train together if possible.
  • Students who are in the same class at school/college can be allowed to train together.
  • Students who work together in their place of employment can also be allowed to train together.
  • If any of the above are not possible, students will be given the choice of who they wish to train with. However, once that decision is made and mutually agreed the person they have chosen will remain their training partner for the foreseeable future until social distancing is lifted altogether.
  • While we will try to avoid this, if we find a pair of students who struggle to work together, they may be re-assigned to train with other students.
  • Everyone who does not need to be in the training area will have to watch from outside. For us this will mean parents and visitors will be unable to sit in the hall for the duration of the class, and will have to observe from the hallway or wait outside.
  • To maintain proper ventilation, doors to the hall will be kept open at all times.

Sanitation

  • All students must upon arrival wash their hands (in the bathrooms or kitchenette) OR apply alcohol based hand gel to their hands.
  • All students should bring a drink or water bottle clearly labelled with their name. Bottles can be refilled from the kitchen sink, but we will not be able to use the cups in the cupboards.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own hand gel if they have any. The Scouts have installed hand-gel stations and both Julia and Adam have brought hand gels as well.
  • When using hand held equipment (Fomites) such as kick-bags or punching mits, students must wear rubber gloves. Latex and powder free gloves will be provided for this and must be disposed of after use. This is to avoid direct contact with the equipment itself.
  • Such equipment must also be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes, which will also be provided.

Memberships
As we have been closed for well over a year, all of our members licences will have now expired, including our own! These will need to be renewed before members can re-join us on the mats. To aide this, you can download a copy of the membership form here – WJJF-Membership-Form.pdf (840kb)

When you bring in your signed and completed form you will also need the correct membership fee with you. As a reminder:

  • The registration fee for the children’s class (7 – 15yr olds) is £28.
  • The registration fee for adults class (16+ year olds) is £32.
  • We can accept cash or cheques (made payable to ‘J Davies’) but not any credit or debit cards.

Cleaning
Even though no one has been on the mats for over a year, it also means that the mats haven’t been cleaned in over a year either, presumably having collected quite a lot of dust. As such the coaching team plan on giving all of our mats and equipment a thorough cleaning and disinfecting, so that they will be ready to use from the first week back.

At the moment we are planning on doing this on Friday 18th June when we would usually be running a class. As we will be at the hall, if any expired members wish to hand in their membership forms and fee’s to Julia or Adam that would be welcome and appreciated. We will also have some blank membership forms and pens should anyone not have their forms ready.

Questions
We are aware that this is a lot of information to take in, and that you may need to re-read this a few times to find the information you need. If there is a topic you think we have missed or would like to ask us about, then please contact us though the usual methods or using the form below.
We will edit this page as required to add in any missing information based on your questions.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #7

You will have no doubt seen in the news that from today, gyms and swimming pools are able to reopen. You may have also seen that some martial arts classes are reopening in limited fashions.

However this is not the case for all martial arts as contact sports are still banned up until 21st June 2021 when the full lockdown should end. Group exercise classes (such as Yoga for example) can resume from the 17th May as these don’t involve person-to-person contact.

To quote the Gov.uk Government roadmap:

Step 2, no earlier than 12 April:
“Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen – but only for use by people on their own or with their household.”

Step 3, no earlier than 17 May:
“Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.”
Link – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-roadmap-to-cautiously-ease-lockdown-restrictions

Our position is still unchanged. We will not be able to re-open until:

  • The lockdown has ended,
  • The WJJF have confirmed member clubs can resume training, and;
  • The 9th Aylesbury Scout Group have given us permission to resume using the hall.

Until all 3 factors have been met, we will not be able to resume our classes.

WJJF Headquarters closed due to damage

This morning the WJJF shared with us an announcement regarding the ‘Clark Centre’, the building named after Sōke Robert Clark and which was the headquarters for the WJJF.

The WJJF HQ as seen from the outside.

To partially quote their statement:

When we re-entered the building, after twelve months off, we were faced with a horror story! The roof was leaking into the Dojo and onto the Tatami and also into the changing rooms. The resulting damp throughout the building had turned to mould on all the furniture and equipment. The paint was peeling from the walls due to the gutters falling off and water ingress soaking the walls. The smell of damp and mould was not only repulsive, but it would also have had a detrimental effect on the health of anyone entering.

As Directors of our Organisation, we have always taken our responsibilities seriously and worked hard for the benefit of the members. We were left with no choice other than to consider the future viable use of the building with regard to the Federation. Taking into account all the aforesaid implications we had to make some extremely hard decisions as we felt that we could not allow our members to return to this unsafe environment. The cost to put everything right, into a building we were purely renting, without any financial help from the landlord, would have been an unfair and unrealistic epic financial burden to place on our members.

Therefore, it is with much sadness and deepest regret that the Board of Directors can confirm that we have closed the Clark Centre.

The full statement can be found herehttps://www.wjjf.co.uk/official-statement-from-the-board-of-directors/

The main training area inside, showing off the newly laid Tatami floor mats.

New WJJF Logo!


The World Ju-Jitsu Federation has a new logo!

Below is a message from WJJF Managing director, Kanchō Robert Hart

To all Students Past and Present
Today is a day of celebration! It was on this day, in 1946, when our beloved Soke Robert Clark was born. Today would have been his 75th birthday. In order to honour his many attributes and his talent as a great Martial Artist, we, who have preserved and continued to promote his legacy as members of his original World Ju-Jitsu Federation, have chosen to launch our redesigned Logo, in honour of and as a fitting tribute to Soke Clark.
Designed with his Federation in mind, the circumference is exactly the same size as Soke Clark`s original badge with the words “World Ju-Jitsu Federation” emblazoned around the outside. The centre motif depicts Soke together with a student, doing what he always did best “Ju-Jitsu”. The background comprises of Liver Birds, which are associated with the City of Liverpool which is where our Organisation was established, alongside his name in Kanji. (Trademark pending).
The Liver Birds featured in this logo are as synonymous with Liverpool as is Soke Clark. Nikita Gill, a writer and poet, has composed some inspirational quotes about the Phoenix which are very relevant to the current situation we find ourselves in.
“You like a Phoenix, know how to ride, and resurrect”.
“Like a Phoenix from the ashes, they may defeat you, burn you, insult you, injure you, and abandon you. But they will not, shall not, and cannot destroy you”.
So it is with this comparable ardour and passion we will endeavour to progress and advance the Organisation with Soke Clark indelibly imprinted in our minds, in our hearts and in addition displayed proudly on our chest.

Kanchō Robert Hart.

A quick message from us – We will work on updating our website to reflect the new logo in the coming few days.