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

Christmas Party December 14th!

Hey all, the Christmas party with be at Sensei Allen’s house from 4 – 7 pm this Saturday.

We would love to see everyone, new to Judo, considering Judo, or who haven’t come to see us for awhile.

This is a potluck, I’ll cook some pulled pork (Christmas pulled pork?), and I invite others to bring dishes, desserts and drinks.

We will put the most recent Judo championship on the big screen, and my daughter will be helping kids make holiday smores at the fire pit.

OK here is how you get there, and pay attention because your GPS will lie to you. The address is 3201 w 7th, but the house is NOT on 7th (there IS no 7th). From our Judo club, head west on 2nd, turning into Sunset Blvd, until Government way (Turn right), a block or two later turn left onto Hartson, continue under the train bridge, then turn Left on Substitute.

Park on substitute street, and The house will be uphill to your right. Walk up carefully the stone steps to the house!

call me at 509-279-4212 if you get lost. And for goodness sakes, don’t use your phone GPS and get lost.

Thanksgiving schedule

All,

The holiday season is upon us! We hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving. We had a hard practice on Monday to build up our appetite for Thursday.

Spokane Judo will be taking Thursday off for Thanksgiving. Pacific Judo invited us to their practice this evening, if you just can’t live without a second Judo class this week. They practice at 2302 N Waterworks St in Spokane.

We also will be taking this Saturday November 24th off.

Normal practice schedule will resume Monday November 26th with our kids class at 6:00 pm and the Adult/Advanced class at 7:00 pm.

Incidentally, our kid’s class has been a huge success! Great time to start Judo for ages 5+

New dedicated judo class for kids

We are pleased to announce a kids only Judo class starting November 1st. Kids love Judo, and they get so much out of it in terms of fitness, discipline, a sense of accomplishment, and good skills that can help them their whole life for conflict resolution and self defense.

Our old kids class ran alongside our adult class. This unfortunately meant kids had a two hour long class, which just kept too many kids out too late. Also, they don’t get as much individual attention and targeted learning from the Sensei. With this new kids class, in only an hour from 6-7 PM on Monday and Thursday, they can get in and learn Judo while also having fun and being home in time for bed and a busy school day the next day.

Judo costs $30/month for one student, or $40/month for an entire family (including adults), which is about the best value in martial arts you can find.

The kids class takes students age six and older, and runs from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. The advanced / adult class will run immediately after the kids class from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Classes are Monday and Thursday.

There is an additional advanced / adult only class on Saturday mornings from 9:00 until 11:00 AM

For more information, contact the Brett Lewis head Sensei at: 509-995-6434 or email: brettlewis@brettlewis.us

Enroll today!

Great practice Monday / New web Design

All,

We had a great practice on Monday, covering tate-shiho-gatame (pin #6) and it’s escapes. Also Sensei Tim taught us De Ashi Barai. Some great newaza too!

The mats have all been re-laid out and re-taped, the kids are getting quite good with their pins, everyone is doing better with their falls…

Also, a special thanks to Mike for updating our website design!

Should be a great month!

For competitors looking at the Rainier cup on October 20th on the west side, please make sure you talk to Sensei Brett or Sensei Anna Marie to make sure you have all the right information and to get sign-off to compete. We will post the entry packet soon.

Practice Cancelled due to weather (Dec 28)

All,

With the current weather forecast of potentially dangerous roads, and being between Christmas and New Years, we are going to cancel practice for tonight. Be home safe with your families! We will still plan to have Saturday adult practice at 9:00 AM on December 30th at this time.

Thanks for understanding! Reminder due to New Years we also will not have Practice on the 1st. So, our next regular class will be Thursday January 4th!

Bitnami