Latest COVID-19 Guidance from the USJF

I just wanted to update everyone on the latest guidance from the USJF regarding practice.
It looks like the USJF describes 5 phases w/r/t getting back on the mat.
The first time it looks like we can practice is phase 4 according to the USJF.
This looks like it happens when there is no longer any restriction on public gatherings.
So I think this all means it will still be a while before we are back on the mat.
I hope everyone is doing well these days.
Keep working out so you are ready to practice when we can.
The USJF document is here.
I am happy to discuss this with anyone.

Cancelled Tournaments & a new Schedule

I hope everyone is staying healthy (and missing judo).
Not surprisingly, some upcoming tournaments have been cancelled.
The list is:
March 20-21, Obukan’s 64th Annual Tournament, postponed
April 18, Budokan Tournament, postponed
April 25, Battle by the Lake, cancelled
May 2, Seattle Dojo, cancelled

Here is an updated schedule of upcoming events.
tournament schedule

Workout Challenge

I started a simple google spreadsheet that you can access below. Anyone can edit it and add their information. I figured this would be a good way to track our progress with working out while we are unable to go to the dojo. Keep in shape and maybe even get in better shape by the time we can get back o the mats. Feel free to add yourself if you like. Anyone with the link can edit it.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1TYz5zeZeJY8GhOX9BegQ2wOaBTbKa-Lf_43eEUtMxEQ/edit?usp=sharing

Thanks and I cannot wait to get back to the dojo with you guys!

Mike F

Spokane Judo closing for COVID-19 pandemic

I know, I know. Nobody wants to do this.

SHORT VERSION: In consideration of the mutual welfare and benefit of general public health, Spokane Judo will be closed effectively immediately, and in line with the Washington state schools directive to remain closed for at least the next six weeks.

LONGER VERSION: This was not a hard decision, but I know a lot of people have the perception that “this is nothing”, or “just get sick and get it over with” and that thinking is wrong – please allow me to explain why:

It is true that the people doing Judo, and especially the kids doing Judo are not themselves particularly at risk from the virus. However, there are some facts that need to be considered. 1) COVID-19 is far more infectious than ‘the flu’ – this means simple contact with an infected person (who may or may not be showing symptoms) has a very high risk of transmitting the illness. 2) COVID-19 is far more deadly than the flu for at risk populations. These two factors combined mean that getting sick yourself makes you much more likely to transmit it to high risk individuals who are then at higher than acceptable risk of either dying or needing extensive hospital intervention. Fact 3) Hospitals have limited capacity for extensive intervention. Therefore, the faster the infection “spikes”, runs the risk of overwhelming hospitals.

Even if the same total number of people eventually get the illness, but it is spread out over many months instead of happening all at once, MANY lives can be saved by not overwhelming the hospitals.

It is for these reasons we are making the easy decision to temporarily close Spokane Judo. One of the tenets of Judo is “Mutual welfare and benefit” – we live that ideal by sacrificing our enjoyment of practice for several weeks to do our small part to help others not die. Please keep this view in mind during the pandemic “even though I am not personally at risk, I can help save others”.

All the other advice about washing your hands, not touching your face, self isolating where possible you have heard a million times everywhere else and it is good advice.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Sensei Brett or Sensei Allen. During the hiatus, we will be posting ‘judo homework’, and ‘judo at home workouts’ for our club to stay fit at home.

Thank you

Battle by the Lake

The Battle by the Lake Judo Tournament, Saturday, April 25, 2020

Coeur d’Alene High School
5530 N. 4th Street
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815. 

Online Registration and Payment only

  • Single Entry Fee $40.00 + $2 handling fee: here
  • Double Entry $65.00 + $2 handling fee: here

Waivers and Black Belt Certification forms are included at the registration sites.
Weigh-in at your declared dojo; head sensei must submit full roster to
lakelandjudoclub@gmail.com
 by midnight, April 21.
No walk up entries will be accepted.
9:00am   Referee and Coaches’ meeting
9:45am   Opening Ceremonies
10:00am Competition Begins
Hotel accommodations at Triple Play Resort Hotel & Suites, 151 W. Orchard Ave., Hayden, ID  208-772-7900, Code:  Judo
If you have any questions, please contact Lakeland Judo Club,
lakelandjudoclub@gmail.com

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