Saturday, 1 May 2021

A Message from the Chief Instructor

Dear Karate Family,

I hope this message finds you well.

I would like to provide an update into where we are with regards to the Sidcup Dojo, Zoom classes and returning to full training. But first I would like to update you on a change within the Association generally. 

Due to the death of my Mother, Sheila Thurlow Sensei as well as some other personal issues, my partner (JJ) and I are moving from Bexleyheath down to Brighton to live as of the 7th May. We need a fresh start and a change of lifestyle. I am NOT giving up the association and not stopping Karate. Once established in Brighton, I will be looking to set up a new Honbu Dojo and will teach from there. With regards to Sidcup, the Dojo will remain open and all classes will be taught by my dedicated and experienced instructor team (Apri Sensei, Ed Sensei, Karl Sensei, Justin Sensei and Neil Sensei), headed up by Christine Young Sensei 5th Dan, who now assumes the role as Deputy Chief Instructor to myself. I will be attending training sessions in Sidcup when I can and will also attend gradings, courses and events as normal, and will be continuing with the Associations Instructor Training Programme to ensure my teams knowledge and skills are kept fresh, so I hope that my instructor team sees you all in the Dojo very soon. I would also be very happy to see you in my Brighton Dojo, once it is established and have fish and chips on the beach after training! LOL.

So moving on to the Sidcup Dojo (North Cray Neighbourhood Centre). At the current time, the Dojo will re-open for physical training on Wednesday the 19th May 2021. A new timetable is being drawn up and will be notified to all students soon but there is likely to be a new class from 5.30pm to 6.15pm for the Shoto Tigers followed by a beginner/intermediate class at 6.30pm followed by a senior class at 7.45pm to 9pm. As it stands at the moment, the 19th May will be the move into Stage 3 of the Governments Covid plan and the current guidance of the English Karate Federation and Sport England is that all Covid restrictions within clubs can be lifted with the exception of mixing with other clubs and interclub competition, making the Sidcup Dojo a 'Club Bubble'. It is however likely that we will retain some additional measures at the Dojo for peace of mind - More on this to follow closer to the time. 

Once the Wednesday class resumes in person, the Wednesday Zoom classes will obviously finish. The Saturday Zoom classes will remain active and attendance at these will be monitored. My instructor team is currently looking at alternative venues for a Saturday class as the current venue is not available. Once a Saturday venue is found, the Zoom classes on Saturday will cease. We will let you know as soon as there is more on this. 

From a membership/licencing perspective, if your licence is currently valid then this will continue until its renewal date. If however your licence has expired then we will reissue this from the first date back at training - May 19th, so please ensure that you bring your licences with you to the class. 

Well, that's all from me for now- I really hope that we can see you back in the Dojo in May and return to some kind or normality at training. 

Yours in Karate as always.


Dr Kevin Thurlow-Criss 7th Dan Kyoshi
SKKK Worldwide Chief Instructor

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