Considering COVID-19 when reopening martial arts schools

Martial arts students and providers will have been delighted with the recent anouncement that indoor sports and gyms are due to re-open from July 25th.

Whilst it's great news that the martial arts world can begin moving back into more regular training, providers should ensure that all guidance is followed to safeguard all students and instructors as best they can.

As a combat sport, it is important to remember that for now, training sessions will be quite different due to social distancing guidelines still in place.

Per current government guidance, martial artists should try and keep in mind the following:

  • Limiting the number of people using your class at any one time, for example by using a booking system;

  • Reducing class sizes and allowing sufficient time between each class to avoid groups waiting outside during changeover;

  • Ensuring an appropriate number of people are in an indoor space at any one time;

  • Spacing out equipment or taking some out of service to maintain social distancing;

  • Enhanced cleaning and providing hand sanitizer throughout venues;

  • Considering how the way people walk through their venue could be adjusted to reduce contact, with queue management or one-way systems;

  • Ensuring adequate ventilation;

  • Encouraging the use of outdoor spaces for individual, team or group activities, making sure to comply with the latest restrictions on public gatherings;

  • Have temporary floor markings where possible to help people stay distanced during classes;

  • Studnets and instructors should be encouraged to shower and change at home wherever possible, although changing rooms will be available.

For more information, you can view the full government press release here -