The Kims' Martial Arts Association was ahead of the curve and anticipated the Coronavirus restrictions.
We were instructed to add online classes in March 2020 in case in school classes were eventually prohibited and there was a lockdown.
March 24th, 2020 we launched online Facebook classes for all students in the Facebook groups:
1) Hwarang Warrior Martial Arts Child Students
2) Hwarang Warrior Martial Arts Adult Students
and instructed all students to join.
We did the classes on Facebook Live for the 1st week and it went well. 2 students had very slow internet so we changed to recording the classes and posting them and it has worked well.
We have continued private classes the entire time with increased safety restrictions such and bringing our own partner, temperature checks, hand washing, and classes being taught outside with social distancing.
When NC issued the stay at home order we were ready and our students have continued to learn and practice online and in private classes with so much positive feedback! Students were loaned kicking pads and training swords to be sure they had the tools to practice at home and keep up.
When NC went into Phase 2 we went back to outdoor group classes with no more that 16 people to keep well below the phase 2 guidelines out no more than 25 people for outdoor social gatherings. (No indoor classes) Everyone was 15 feet apart, brought their own partners and they did not mix with other students. Temperature checks on arrival and hand washing. Everyone wore a mask, even if you were with a partner from your own house and were still 15 feet from everyone else. Instructors maintained social distancing while giving guidance. Curriculum changes were made to focus on skills that favored social distancing. We also starting doing some of the classes in the local park on hotter days for more shade. It has been really great seeing the parents parter up with the children that don't have their own partner for social distancing and being involved more. Parents are now coaches instead of just sitting on the sideline.
Private Class Conversion:
If you want to convert your monthly membership fee to private classes typically one month of you fees converts to a 1 hour private class.
Private classes are normally $100/HR with Grandmaster Johnson if you bring your own partner. However, if you are an enrolled student paying $55/month for the black belt club that $55 would still convert to at $100 private class.
The Kim's Martial Arts Association approved for a belt test stimulus for all students continuing to train online and make it to classes.
1) All students under the rank of Deputy Black Belt due for promotion in July will NOT have to pay any belt test fees. You belt test fees with be paid by the association.
2) Students Deputy Black Belt and above that are due Dan tests will have 50% of their Black Belt Test fees paid for by the association.
If you have lost your job because of Covid-19 there may be options available to you for the association to help with your class fees.
You will need to provide the following to your instructor:
1) Layoff letter from your employer.
2) Last 6 months of bank account statements.
Thank you for your support.