Updated October 2020

  1. Everyone will be required to sign the updated registration/waiver addendum before being allowed on the mat. The Addendum will be available to sign at the dojo.

  2. You must pre-register for each class through Zen Planner at or through the ZenPlanner App. This ensures that the dojo will not be over-crowded. It also provides information for contact tracing, should that become necessary. If you have not registered, you won’t be able to train, so please don’t just show up at the dojo.

  3. Please read the Health Screen information the day of coming to class. This is necessary for each and every class you attend. You will find the health screen online at When you enter the dojo, your temperature will be checked with a no-contact thermometer.

  4. Please come dressed in your dogi, as the bathrooms will be open primarily for hand washing but not for changing clothes. The doors to the poorly ventilated changing rooms should remain open and the changing rooms will be off limits except for using the sinks and toilets and retrieving cleaning supplies. Only one person is allowed in the changing room at a time. People going to the bathroom must wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds afterwards. If you must change clothes in the dojo, doors must remain open and only one person at a time may go in.

    Please leave most personal items locked in your car. Please bring your own training weapons, water bottle, and any tape or First Aid supplies you need, and do not share or touch anyone else’s.

    Water bottles should be stored near the door and people should ensure they are at least 6 feet away from anyone else before removing mask to take a drink. Please use the hand sanitizer before returning to the mat.

    It is ok to place your shoes and water bottle along the floor in the shoe rack area, in order to maintain distance and avoid too many people gathering at the shoe racks.

    Cleaning weapons with a disinfectant after training is recommended.

    The water fountain is shut off.


  5. Arrive with a mask in place and wear your mask over nose and mouth at all times. Please use a well-fitting fabric mask of several layers, or a procedure/surgical mask. The dojo will provide disposable earloop procedure face masks. Please do not wear a bandana or a neck-gaiter, as they have been shown to be less effective in blocking droplets and aerosols.

    Physical exertion causes us to breathe more deeply and to exhale more forcefully, thus readily spreading droplets and aerosols over distances greater than 6 feet. We will moderate our training with this in mind.


  6. Please use the hand-sanitizer provided at the front desk when you come in. It is there for your use at any time. Soap and water are available in the bathrooms for hand washing. People should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after class or liberally use hand sanitizer. For your safety, please do not touch your face or wipe your eyes. Only one person at a time is allowed in the dressing room areas, which are poorly ventilated.

  7. Maximum occupancy of the dojo is 13 persons during this time of corona virus. There is space for up to 6 pair of students and 1 teacher to safely distance when bowing in and when training. The entire mat will be used for the one class, and the training will be with weapons — paired partner practices with jo and bokken. Individual training would include suburi, weapons kata, and waza practice such tenkan, irimi and technique movements.

  8. Maximum air exchange in an enclosed space is essential to reducing the viral load that people may be exposed to. Time of exposure is also a significant factor, and because our classes will be approximately 60 minutes, ventilation of the dojo is especially important. We’ll open all the doors and place fans in the doorways during class. The observation area and kids’ room are off limits, due to inadequate air exchange.

  9. Keeping surfaces clean helps maintain a healthy practice space. The mat will be mopped with soap and water and sanitized after each class. It is best if only one or two people are able to stay to do this. There is a cleaning person who will sanitize desk surfaces, doorknobs, light switches, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. after class.