So it’s 6 months since my last blog and I guess it would be an understatement to say things have changed a little.
I usually only post a blog when I feel something needs to be said and with so much going on, i’ve been shocked into silence.
Normality has been suspended and things have been pretty dire.
After 3 months of lockdown the world is a different place, our daily routines have been abandoned and most businesses have been thrown into turmoil.
As we head into July, the health implications are starting to show.
People are desperate to get out and exercise, walking and cycling is great but unfortunately martial arts schools and gyms are still closed.
Martial arts schools usually lose students over the summer due to holidays and sunshine.
Kids playing outside with mates are often too tired to come to class.
But this has been something none of us planned for.
Sure many classes are running on zoom but how many have lost students?
For instructors, it’s been a “dark time for the force”.
But as restrictions are lifted there is an opportunity that cannot be missed.
I’m talking now to the “EX-STUDENTS”
The ones that, for whatever reason, stopped training.
You know who you are!!
You’ve wanted to come back for years, considered it every New Year, but for whatever reason, never actually made it back to class.
So this blog goes out especially to YOU..
Maybe you were embarrassed, thinking you’ve been away too long.
You’re maybe older and want your kids to train, just so you can watch and get the buzz again.
You’ve let your fitness drop and are bothered you’ll struggle coming back.
Well now is your time..
There is no need to be embarrassed, everyone has had 3 months off and will be apprehensive about coming back.
The hardest bit is walking through the dojo door.
Techniques will be rusty and memory will let you down, but everyone will be in the same boat.
Classes will, by nature of the restrictions be smaller, so you’ll definitely be made welcome.
Intimate classes will offer more personalised instruction, making it easier to learn.
I love seeing old students, especially the ones who now have kids of their own and want to share their love of the arts.
Fitness won’t be an issue, most people have put on weight with people being stuck inside with little or no options to exercise.
instructors will need to take that into account, building intensity slowly to prevent injuries.
This will give everyone a chance to work on basics, flexibility, reduce weight and build confidence.
Obviously there will be some issues, we aren’t sure of a re-opening date and there will be a need for special measures.
But we can support one another as a school and meet these new challenges together.
Get in touch, and hopefully we will see you at class sometime soon..