Updated: May 7
Some of you may have heard that the government has begun easing restrictions in different parts of the country. This is great news as it means we are seeing less active cases, less new confirmed cases and most importantly, less hospital admissions and deaths from Covid-19.
We are still some time from being able to resume training as we did before the lock down, however we are hopeful that we will be able to begin training in some capacity by the start of June. This is obviously still subject to change but will hopefully be the case.
The proposed re-introduction of sport is looking like it will follow the following steps as outlined by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
Level A - Activities that can be conducted by one or by pairs where at least 1.5m can always be maintained between participants. No contact between athletes and/or other personnel.
Examples for all sports — general fitness aerobic and anaerobic (e.g. running, cycling sprints, hills).Strength and sport-specific training permitted if no equipment required, or have access to own equipment (e.g. cardio, weights).Online coaching and resources.
Level B - Indoor / outdoor activity that can be conducted in small groups (not more than 10 athletes and/or other personnel in total) and with adequate spacing (1 person / 4m2)
Some sharing of sporting equipment permitted such as kicking a football, hitting a tennis ball, use of a skipping rope, weights, mats. Non-contact skills training.
Accidental contact may occur but no deliberate body contact drills. No wrestling, holding, tackling or binding. Commercial gyms, bootcamps, yoga, pilates, dance classes (e.g. barre, ballet, hip hop, not partnered), cycling ‘spin’ classes permitted if other measures (above) are met.
Level C - Full sporting activity that can be conducted in groups of any size including full contact (competition, tournaments, matches). Wrestling, holding, tackling and/or binding (e.g. rugby scrums) permitted. For larger team sports, consider maintaining some small group separation at training. For some athletes full training will be restricted by commercial operation
What does this mean for Veteran Grappling?
As martial arts involve close contact such as grappling it is expected that they will be in the last phase of return to play. However, this doesn't mean that we cannot begin training
in some capacity. If everyone is willing to observe strict hygiene rules (clean hands, bring own equipment, have temperature checked, no contact with any positive cases,
no recent travel and asymptomatic) then small groups of outdoor, fitness based training sessions focused on the conditioning requirements of martial arts may be possible during the first wave of return to training (Level A).
If successful his may be followed (approximately 2 weeks later) by increased training of striking sports such as Kinetic Fighting, Boxing or Muay Thai that allow the use of bags, pads etc (but still no contact drills or sparring).
Finally we will see full return to training during Level C as long as there are no new outbreaks or increases in Covid-19 numbers.
In addition to this we are also able to offer one on one Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology led gym sessions or tele-health sessions as well.
What would you like to have offered?
As you are, and have always been our priority we would like to hear from you about what types of training sessions you would be interested in (following government guidelines).
If you have suggestions on the training sessions you would enjoy participating in such as fitness classes, group sit downs watching video and talking through techniques, striking
classes, one on one gym sessions etc please contact us so that we can determine how best to serve you as we move forward.
We thank you all for your understanding during these trying times. If you have any other questions please contact us.