COVID-19

Dear ASD members,

We hope everyone is continuing to stay safe, healthy, and weathering the unprecedented challenges we are facing. 

In this time of considerable uncertainty, the dojo remains a strong community even though we are not training together on the mat! The Thursday evening social hour on Zoom has been a great opportunity to connect virtually and everyone is welcome. Moving forward, we will ensure the link is available on a weekly basis on the Dojo facebook page.


Adult Program Updates
Adult Classes
Based on the current public health recommendations and the local mandates for social isolation, we will continue to suspend adult classes in the dojo until further notice.

However, some good news: We are currently offering online training from ASD Instructors. We are continuing to develop and update our virtual curriculum, and our current schedule is as follows:

Monday – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Robert Deppe, 6th dan

Tuesday – 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM, Eugene Lee, 6th dan

Tuesday – 12:00 – 12:30 suburi

Wednesday – 9:20 AM – 10:10 AM, Chris Royal, 5th dan

Wednesday – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Eugene Lee, 6th dan

Thursday – 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM, Steve Schneid, 6th dan

Thursday – 12:00 to 12:30 suburi

Thursday – 7:00 PM to 8 PM, Guest Instructor, TBD (check the ASD Facebook page for updates!)

Guest instructors have included: Gary Small, Aikido of Maine; Tres Hofmeister, Boulder Aikikai; Lee Crawford, Aikido Northshore

Thursday – 8 PM until ~, Dojo Social Time

Friday – 9:20 AM to 10:10 AM, Chris Royal, 5th dan

Friday – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, Nick Kiritz, 6th dan

Saturday – 10:00 AM to 11 AM, Kamenna Lee, 5th dan

Sunday – 10:00 AM to 11 AM, rotating instructors

Meditation Class – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM & Sunday, 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM, Sharon Hainsfurther (check the ASD FB page for updates!)

All dojo members should have received the link for the Zoom classes. If you did not receive the link, please contact manager@aikido-shobukan.org.

Summer Camp
Given the ongoing nature of the pandemic and the uncertainty of travel, we have made the hard decision to cancel Summer Camp at Catholic University this July.


Adult Program Dues
For May and any following months when the dojo is closed, if you decide to continue to support the dojo financially through the payment of dues, no action on your part is required.Should you wish to temporarily suspend your dues payments, please contact manager@aikido-shobukan.org. Monthly dues support the dojo’s operating expenses, keeping us financially healthy for what we hope, but can’t assume, will be a resumption of adult classes in the coming months.


Building Access Reminder
Note that the dojo is closed to all face to face classes and individual training. To access the dojo for any other reason, you must contact Yuncong, the dojo manager at manager@aikido-shobukan.org


Youth Program Updates
Classes
Following the schedule of the DC Public School system, Youth Program classes are suspended through June, which to our great regret, is the effective season this year for youth training.


Dues
All Youth Program dues payment will be temporarily suspended for months during which classes are cancelled. Should you wish to continue to support the dojo financially through the payment of dues, please contact manager@aikido-shobukan.org  and we will leave your membership active.


We will be back in touch with updates on dojo operations as we learn more information. Please join our Facebook Page, 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/57194229735, to get information on virtual dojo events.


Sincerely,
The ASD Board