COVID-19 update – Dear Shotokan Karate Club Members, Families and Instructors,

We have been closely monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation with the health and well-being of our club members as our first priority.

Saturday at noon, the PM announced a nationwide COVID-19 Alert Level 2 along the MOH’s latest recommendations of avoiding social gatherings, reducing physical contact and limiting travel.

We believe that for us to follow the spirit and intent of new MOH recommendations now is the right time to suspend training. All memberships will be frozen as of Sunday, 22 March, and will be reinstated when we begin training again.

We will be sending out weekly emails and Facebook posts with all plans for re-opening.

Also, by the end of the week I will begin emailing and posting suggestions, and schedules for self-training programs, along with videos from instructors and members across the globe that will help you train at home.

Please remember, for yourselves and your loved ones, at times like this, exercise and focused physical activity reduces stress and increases emotional, mental and physical resilience.

We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and will inform you of any changes. Please email or call with any questions, comments or concerns.

To our members, our friends, and to all of our loved ones – in this time of social distancing – now is the time for us to stand closer together.

I know that the love and respect we’ve developed for each other, and each other’s families – in our dojo – will carry over to our facing this new challenge with courage and resourcefulness. I know that the concern we have for each other’s well-being, and our confidence in each other’s strength, will make this period easier to handle then it would have otherwise.

As we do at the beginning and end of each training session, I know that we stand with each other – shoulder to shoulder.

Warm best wishes!

I look forward to seeing everyone again soon – elo


“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” – Rudyard Kipling

Edmond Otis
Chairman: Shotokan International Alliance (SIA)
Chief Instructor: SIA/New Zealand – Shotokan Karate Hawke’s BayShotokan Karate Hawke’s BayMartial Arts School · 1,896 Likes

'Hi all - because of all that's going on - we're taking a break. And I can't wait for us to all get together again soon! - elo'

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