We know that there will be increased concern about health and safety in public settings – especially when it comes to communicable diseases such as colds and the flu.

We do have a “sickness policy” at Karate International that we hope all students will read and observe to help us keep the healthiest environment for our students.  Remember, we are all physically interacting with each other.

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Here are some general guidelines we would like to observe:

  • HEADACHES Headaches, especially during the winter months, are often indicative of a looming illness and should not be taken lightly. If the student has a severe headache that does not seem to be responding to analgesics (Tylenol, etc) they should not come to martial arts classes.
  • FEVERS Please do not attend martial arts class if a fever is present. We would appreciate it if you stay home and get well.  It is not a good option to take a fever-reducing medication and come to class.  The underlying cause of the fever may still be present and the student may be contagious.  Please wait until you are off medication and fever free for at least 24 hours.
  • COUGHS, COLDS, AND SORE THROATS While the common cold is relatively harmless it is definitely contagious. If the student is overly fatigued, is too headachy or stuffed up to focus, has an uncontrollable runny nose, has a sore throat, has a persistent or barking cough, or has a fever associated with this cold they should not attend martial arts classes.
  • OTHER SYMPTOMS TO CONSIDER If the student is overly fatigued, complaining of chills, complaining of aching muscles, complaining of joint pain, sneezing, coughing, or even not eating normally it would be best to skip classes for the day.
Here are some recommended precautions:

  • PERSONAL CARE We would like to make sure that adults, teens and children understand the importance of covering the mouth while sneezing or coughing, properly using tissues, and the proper techniques for hand washing and using hand sanitizer. If your child is not old enough or mature enough to manage these social behaviors than they should not participate in class until they are 100% free of symptoms. 
  • HELP WITH OTHERS According to the CDC after contact with others during Flu season, it is best to immediately wash your hands.  A great rule to teach and follow is to make sure you do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth while working out with other students. 

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What we plan to do:

  • We will be offering hand sanitizer at the end of every class.  Our instructors will use it at the end or beginning of classes and when they have time to leave the floor they are encouraged to go wash their hands thoroughly,
  • We will ask instructors to stay home when they are fighting illness as they have physical contact with our students.  Sometimes, this will leave us a little shorthanded, but we will do our best to teach quality classes and we ask for your patience.  
  • We are happy to help you with any concerns you have because you had to skip a few classes to feel better.  Just contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will make sure you get all the extra classes or private lessons you need.  You may feel tempted to push through your busy schedule (or your child’s) but taking 1 or 2 days to rest and fight off a looming cold or illness is much more productive than pushing through until your illness overwhelms you and takes you out of commission for an entire week or more!
  • As you may already know, we clean our facility thoroughly every night.  We disinfect the floors, the mat area, the bathrooms and all common areas.  We will continue to observe this strict cleaning policy during cold and flu season.