Covid  Safety at Jin Sei Ryu Chicago

Covid Safety

Jin Sei Ryu Chicago was born during the global Covid-19 pandemic, and we take public health precautions very seriously.  We will always follow the guidance of our leaders in science: the CDC and WHO.  All instructors are fully vaccinated (and boosted!), and we encourage all students to get vaccinated once they are eligible.  However, we have decided not to require vaccinations for participation nor to track our students’ vaccination status.

Contact Guidelines (updated of June 2021)

As of June 2021, we have cautiously begun to introduce contact exercises into our outdoor adult classes on an opt-in basis; we are also allowing contact between instructors and students younger than 12.  Contact between instructors and children includes hitting target pads as well as hands-on corrections.  Contact between adult students additionally includes blocking punches, kicks, etc.

Mask Guidelines

We require all students to wear masks to all in-person classes, regardless of vaccination status.  Instructors and children younger than 12 must remain masked throughout classes (with the exception of water breaks).  Adults and teens may choose to remove their masks during outdoor classes while not within 6 feet of another student. When indoors, all students and family members are masked at all times.

Remote Group and Private Classes for Adults (Ongoing!) 

With two dedicated full-time professional teachers, we are committed to offering both remote and in-person classes.   Our remote classes are designed to take advantage of –rather than merely adapt to –the home environment. No equipment (other than a chair or wall and 6-10 sq feet of space) are needed. We support students who have a variety of unusual space constraints. We understand that pets and young children will make cameos — this is the new abnormal after all!–and we strive to create an atmosphere that is low-stress but still challenging. In the comfort and safety of your home space, you will benefit from instruction and feedback from experienced teachers experienced in teaching and training from home. We always find a way to make it work. If you have an open heart and a desire to try something new and physically and mentally challenging, we want to work with you!

For your safety, for the foreseeable future, there will always be a remote class option for adults. 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 to covid-19. We will always support your choice to prioritize the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and others.  We are also happy to arrange private classes (either remote or in-person, outdoors or indoors) to ensure everyone has access to karate while making sure their safety needs are met.

Our Community Partner, the United Church of Rogers Park 

Our in-person space  is the United Church of Rogers Park  3rd floor space. It is a spacious room with tall ceilings, ceiling fans, windows that open & fans in the windows, and radiator heat at foot level. We disinfect surfaces and equipment  before and in-between private sessions and classes. As a part of our partnership with the UCRP, we are offering ongoing tuition-free membership in Jin Sei Ryu Karate-Do Chicago for up to 5 students (of any age) that are a part of the United Church of Rogers Park congregational community. Email to find out more.

For all in-person classes or private sessions, masks must be worn at all times except at designated water breaks when students will be a minimum of 6 ft apart. Students are not permitted to talk while masks are removed for water consumption. We additionally ask every family joining us for in-person classes to commit to our Covid safety protocols as outlined in the Culture of Safety – In person classes Code of Conduct – June 2021