FAQs – Restarting Classes April 2021

Last update (02/04/2021) and look for the answer to your questions below.

Full details on relaxation of restrictions can be found on the British Taekwondo Website – Click Here.

Safety is a Priority – and Dorset Taekwondo will set the example and follow the rules / guidance. (not bend the rules!)

If you have any questions that are not answered below please email them to Master Naraine – who will reply, and post them here:-

Q – What activities can we do / not do in class?

Under 18s can train as normal – kick target work and sparring is permitted (with some sensible precautions). Precautions include cleaning equipment between uses, adults to wear gloves, alcohol gel / handwashing, managing and controlling close contact.

Q – What is a phased restart? When will the other venues open?

Other venues will reopen when there is sufficient demand (to pay for the hall hire); when they are available (some are still closed); and when coaches are available (some coaches have different work and family commitments to pre-lockdown). Some classes might not start again until September (depending upon restrictions).

Q – How much will classes cost?

Classes will be £5 on a pay-as-you-go basis. Classes must be paid for at time of booking by bank transfer to secure your place.

Q – Is there discounts for families and students and those on low income etc.. (as you had previously in your monthly payment plans)

With reduced class sizes (max 15) it is difficult to cover the costs of the hall hires. The class prices vary to meet the costs of the hall hires given the maximum numbers permitted. Coaches are volunteers and no one is paid. The club operates on a not-for-profit-basis.
That said we don’t want you not to train due to financial pressures. Please contact Master Naraine and we can discuss in confidence if you have any issues.

Q – Can we pay by monthly standing order again?

Standing order is cheaper for you, and easier for the club to manage. However monthly payment in advance will be difficult to administrate as some classes might be full before you manage to book in. There is also the possibility that we might have a local lockdown, classes suspended at short notice, sick coaches or members. Refunds are complex. There is just too many unknowns at the moment and therefore we need to see how things go for a few months before restarting the monthly payment plans.

Q – When will the kickstars classes restart for ages 5-7 ?

We are planning on restart classes for 5-7 year olds straight away (April 2021). These are usually term time, and paid for in half term blocks. However, they will be pay-as-you-go until our weekly class schedule settles down.

Q – Will there be a grading to work towards this year (2021)?

Yes – there might be grading for those who trained regularly over zoom during lockdown. We will also do a grading for colour belts and black belts as soon as members are back to regular training and able to properly prepare.

Q – When will sport / sparring classes restart.

As soon as the CORE classes are working well, we will look to restarting the Development Pathway Classes (Sparring / Patterns and Demo) as soon as possible.

Q – Will I need to wear shoes during indoor classes

You can wear running or Taekwondo shoes if prefer as some floors are difficult to clean thoroughly between classes. Where we get the mats out, shoes are not permitted. Please check at each venue if your not sure.

Q – Will I have to wear a Face-mask in classes?

We will follow British Taekwondo guidance regarding the wearing of Face-masks. The current guidance does not make the wearing of facemasks inside, whilst exercising, compulsory. However coaches will wear them when moving around the class. It is not yet known if overs 18s will require them when back inside – it is likely that they will be worn when doing pairs work where you are less then 2 meters from your partner for more than a couple of minutes. Of course you can wear a facemask through the class, or at any point during the class if you prefer. This is a fast changing situation and we will regularly update our risk assessments and keep you informed.

Q – Whats happening at our sister club in Lyme Regis

Master Sharon Ward has risk assessed and reached agreement with her venues. She is restarting classes in April 2021. She has already resarted outside classes. You cannot just turn up. Please contact Sharon if you wish to attend.

Q – Is the Stourfield After School class restarting

Unfortunately the school have contacted us and as a after school activity this class will probably not restart until September 2021. and this will be reviewed in the new year. This is due to the fact that the school do not want mixing of school year group bubbles. Members at this club will be directed to other local classes when we have more information available.

Q- At the Football and Rugby clubs they dont seem to be following the same rules – why does Taekwondo training have to be so strict?

Each sport has specific guidance – we must follow the guidance issued by British Taekwondo as the National Governing Body (NGB) for Taekwondo in the UK. Updates to industry specific guidance takes several weeks after changes to national policy – we need to be patient for the guidance to catch up. We should not compare ourselves to activities that take place in other sports. All sports should be following Sport Englands return to play policies. Several sports are not – but Dorset Taekwondo will follow the guidance, and do our best in controlling the spread of the virus.

Q – Will Zoom, Facebook Live, and Outdoor sessions continue?

The majority of Zoom / Facebook Live and outdoor sessions will stop. Sessions can be organised upon request on an ad-hoc basis. Zoom was challenging for everyone (coaches and members). Hopefully we will not need to go back to it. But we always have it as a fall back if we go back into another lockdown.

Q – Will you do some outdoor sessions for under 18s and Adults?

We could run some outdoor sessions as they are less risk, less restricted, and over 18s can participate. We can do outdoor classes now for groups of up to 30. The downside is that they are weather dependent. Please answer the participation survey and outdoor classes will be organised according to demand.