Senpai Amy and Senpai Kyren of Culture of Safety are proud to be a part of the Jin Sei Ryu Karate-do family. We now offer karate classes to kids (age 4+) and adults as part of © Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do International! Email info@CultureOfSafetyChi.com to sign up!
What is Jin Sei Ryu?
Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do is a traditional Japanese style of karate which means “Profound Reflections for Growth Style” of Karate-Do founded by Senior Master Ino Maquirang. Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do is based in Sydney, Australia.
Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do uses a personal development framework developed over 45 years that guides students of all ages through a process of growth and achievement, using karate-do as the platform for development.
How is Culture of Safety’s karate program different?
At Culture of Safety, we know that people come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities. We believe and are committed to the principle that each person gets to practice karate with the body they have–not the body they (or someone else) wishes they had. We recognize that size is not necessarily an indicator of fitness; fitness looks different for each body.
Our approach to health and fitness prioritizes each person as a whole and recognizes that we neither can nor should be the experts in all fields of wellness. Part of our job is to help connect each person or family with the relevant local resources to best support their wellness path. This may involve connecting students with mental health services, nutritional and wellness practitioners, massage and physical therapy, and countless other services. Each person’s path is unique.
As part of our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we teach from a body-positive and trans-positive perspective. We give feedback based on the person in front of us, not on our assumptions of someone’s fitness level, gender, or biological sex. We do not create artificial divisions by sex or gender. Our goal is to create a space where truly all genders and gender expressions feel welcome to explore a path in karate.
We teach from the heart, with joy and enthusiasm. In a Culture of Safety-run karate class you will never run out of challenges, but you will always have a community at your back as you face these challenges. Whatever your age, whatever your fitness level, we’re here to help you find your strongest, most confident, and most empowered self.
How will you keep me and my family safe during Covid-19 while providing quality instruction?
Excellent question. We will always follow the guidance of our leaders in science: the CDC and WHO. We are primarily teaching remote (LIVE!) video classes. In accordance with Illinois Phase 4 guidelines, we are starting in-person outdoor classes for kids and adults effective July 14th.
As we begin to gain more certainty about the potential risks and safety of indoor spaces for physical activity, we will explore further in-person options such as an indoor space with rigorous hygiene and cleaning protocols –ideally as soon as September. But for your safety, for the foreseeable future, there will always be a remote class option. In-person classes will be in addition to, not in replacement of, the safer remote option. We recognize that not all bodies can healthily risk in-person class and that those who care for at-risk folks can’t risk exposure. We will always support your choice to prioritize the safety of yourself, your loved one, and others.
All of our classes, remote or otherwise, are team-taught by Senpai Amy and Senpai Kyren (who cohabitate). With two dedicated teachers, we have options for leading both remote and in-person classes that many fitness classes can’t provide. For instance, having instructors facing different directions so that you (or your child) can follow along from the viewpoint that best helps them learn (mirroring, or facing the same direction). Additionally, with two instructors, one teacher can serve as the primary leader demonstrating techniques, while the other watches, providing one-on-one or group feedback and coaching. With this system, you will benefit from instruction and feedback from two highly experienced teachers in the comfort and safety of your own home.
As teachers, we take seriously our role to keep community members safe. All of our in-person classes are held outdoors (and with accessibility to restrooms). We provide hand sanitizer for all students for use before and after class and we require everyone to wear masks as they approach and leave class spaces. We will require and maintain 6-10 ft minimum physical distancing in all in-person classes. As weather changes, and as guidance from the CDC and WHO changes, we will consider shifting to indoor spaces (still maintaining physical distancing) and with rigorous hygiene and cleaning protocols in place. Even as restrictions and guidance evolve in the months or years to come, we will prioritize the health and safety of our students, minimizing physical contact, and allowing for contactless and remote options. This is part of our commitment to accessibility and equity. Every person gets to train in karate with the body they have, and we recognize that some bodies need physical distance to remain healthy. Additionally, we as teachers, are committed to being tested for Covid-19 regularly in order to maximize safety for all our students and their families.