Recent information and discussions regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have understandably created a sense of concern with many families in our area. I wanted to take a moment to inform you of the steps that our academy is taking to help minimize the risks to our students and hopefully to minimize any impact on our programs.  The health & safety of our students and families has always been, and continues to be a top priority!

There has been a lot of conflicting information on both extremes regarding the current situation.  And, while many of you may have some anxiety over all of this, keep in mind, training in martial arts is a great way to reduce stress during times like these.  We are acting in accordance with principles from our 7-5-3 code of “Zanshin” (awareness/preparedness) & “Fudoshin” (emotional balance) to take a reasoned approach to the situation, and encourage you to do the same. However, in light of the current situation, we are taking extra measures to help keep everyone safe and keep our operations running smoothly, and we appreciate everyones cooperation in helping us with these matters.  This will be resolved in time, but meanwhile, here is what we are doing.

Preparedness & prevention is key.  In addition to our normal daily cleaning procedures, we are making extra efforts to thoroughly clean and disinfect our facility, including all mats, bags, training equipment, restrooms, and common areas.  We are following guidance from the CDC, which recommends cleaning and disinfecting as one of the most important measures we as an academy can take.

Hygiene & cleanliness have always been a priority for us, and I view this as an opportunity to remind everyone about basic, common sense hygiene protocols that we have always had in place.  We encourage our students and their families to follow these practices, now and in the future:

• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.  Utilize hand sanitizer if you are not immediately able to wash your hands

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

•If possible, try to shower before and as soon as possible after training.  Avoid the use of  “antibacterial” soaps, as these can kill healthy skin flora that help fight off infections.  I personally use & recommend Defense Soap, which is available at the academy, and proven effective against staph, ringworm, and other common skin infections.  Use sanitizing wipes if you can’t shower right away.

• Wash all training uniforms & sanitize personal training equipment (gloves, shinguards, etc) after each training session.  This includes sanitizing your gear bags, flip flops, etc.

• Please take all uniforms, clothing, equipment, and personal items with you and do not leave them behind at the academy.

•Always wear flip flops/shoes when walking around the academy off of the mat area, particularly in the restrooms.  Parents, please do not allow your children to come in from outside without shoes on.  And, it goes without saying, don’t step on the mat with your shoes on.

• If you or your child who is a student at our academy is feeling sick please do not bring them to train. Also, please do not bring other non-participating spectators/siblings who are not feeling well  into the facility.  Allow proper time for rest and recovery to prevent others from being infected.

• Students who have a fever of 100 or greater, diarrhea, or vomiting must be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to the academy.

• If you have any type of illness or skin lesion, please do not train.  Things such as staph, ringworm, etc. can be common in close contact sports.  If you have a suspect spot you’re not sure about, ask myself or one of our staff members.  Most of us have a lot of experience with these types of things and the treatments are generally simple if caught early.

• If a resident in your home has something similar to the symptoms of the flu or COVID-19, we ask that you stay home to prevent the possible spread of any virus that may be not showing yet.

•We have hand sanitizer stations located throughout the academy and on both ends of the mat.  Especially right now, We ask that EVERYONE who enters the facility (students, parents, spectators) please utilize hand sanitizer immediately upon entering, before stepping on the mat, and as needed throughout training (if you have to cough/sneeze, etc, please sanitize your hands after).

As always, we will do everything we can to prevent the spread of ANY virus or illness, but we can only do this with your help.

While we don’t currently anticipate any major impacts upon our training schedule, we will continue to monitor the situation closely as it evolves and make decisions in the best interest of all of our students, families, and the community. We will keep everyone updated with any changes.

I encourage everyone to continue to train at your comfort level, and maintain open lines of communication.  I plan to take prudent measures, but to continue with my daily life and activities, and encourage all of you to do the same.  Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or concerns, through our contacts listed below.

Jon Plyler, Owner/Head Instructor

Fight to Win Lake Norman

(704) 966-9364

[email protected]