Return to Indoor Training Road Map

Return to Indoor Training Road Map


This guidance is based upon best advice provided by, and is compliant with, UK government directives.

The principle aim of this guidance is to safeguard against the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus whilst allowing for a phased return to full training. It will be updated as and when new information is available.

We will be further bound by regulations to comply with any local authority inspection.

We all have a collective responsibility to protect ourselves and others so everyone must consent to abide by the following prior to attendance at any of our training sessions.

We have prepared a full Risk Assessment available to all members prior to each session.


·       You must comply with the safe and orderly entry and exit to the dojang observing social distancing entrance is the red door exit via the double doors. Participants should queue outside at appropriate social distance markers. You should only enter the dojang when invited.

·       Within the terms and conditions of the school on the app and website and restated here by booking a place in class via the app you are self-declaring that you have not experienced any illness since the previous session. Should a member report having any symptoms of COVID -19 you will not be allowed to train and must report immediately to the NHS for a formal test.  Instructors must make a clear note of such an occurrence.  The normal mode will be no spectators in the building but for safeguarding and childcare concerns. Adult supervision will be allowed those individuals must use the NHS covid App to ‘track and trace’ via our QR code.

·       The dojang floor has clear markings where each person should stand (Red Mat).  Each training area is a 3x3 metres square. The member should occupy the middle of that square. This is to ensure that adequate distance is always maintained during practice. It is possible for a member to occupy other parts of their allocated space, but all members in the class must occupy the same space within their allocated area, which maintains social distancing. Your instructor will also constantly observe that social distancing is maintained throughout training.

·       On entry a member must be directed to a designated marked position and wait for the session to begin.

·       Members should arrive changed and ready. There should be no changing in toilets, or the dojang. Outdoor shoes, socks, and any coats to be placed in the designated shelving unit.

·       Instructors must ensure that members do not congregate more than is necessary to enter the dojang and that social distancing is maintained.

·       Sessions MUST be pre-booked via the app. 

·       Members must travel to the dojang as per the prevailing government advice. Car sharing and group travel is not allowed at this time unless members are from the same household, or social bubble. When leaving the same travel protocols apply.

·       Payments for sessions should be via direct debit where possible.

·       A record of contact details of all those that attend sessions (including spectators) must be kept assisting the governments track and trace programmes. We are legally obliged to ensure they have this information. You are now advised of this record, and there is no ‘opt-out’ of this obligatory requirement. This is done via booking on the App for members, booking free trial session on the school website for prospective members and scanning the school NHS test and trace QR code for spectators.

·       The dojang will be ventilated as best as possible with doors open – the air within the dojang is sanitised using our state-of-the-art air purification system.

·       Cleansing gel needs to be used before and after practice. It is the responsibility of both the instructors and the members to ensure that antibacterial gel is readily available.

·       SPECTATORS…. This is not allowed. There is no spectating of any session. If parents are in attendance due to escorting their child to the session, then full social distancing must be maintained.  They must also be seated and movement around the space is forbidden. There must be no indoor communing/congregating and masks must be always worn throughout.


·       Only NON-CONTACT training is allowed at this time. Though some family groups could practice with contact, this should not happen in ‘public’ sessions as it will give the wrong impression and must not form any part of the community training programme at this time.

·       Drilling in moving lines and forms is allowed as they are coordinated movement, the instructor will assure that adequate social distancing is maintained.

·       No Ki-Ahp. Forcefully driving air from the body (as in shouting) increases the risk of droplets being spread and would require greater social distance needed between participants as well potentially infecting surfaces around the members. In this context, instructors need to be mindful of their own calls/commands and should seek to increase distance between themselves and the assembled class.

·       Face covering are not compulsory at this time, but consideration must be given to their use.

·       Sharing of any equipment is prohibited.

·       Individual bag stations can be used but you must only use one punch bag in each session which must be cleaned and sanitised after the session ends.

·       Instructors must refrain from guiding or touching any members limb during practice.

·       Should injury occur then appropriate action must be taken as per first aid training and guidance. In the first instance, self-help must be actioned, but if this is not sufficient, then first aid protocols are invoked. Instructors are adequately trained in Covid-19 secure first aid.

Post Session

At the end or between sessions:

·       Members must leave the dojang is an orderly and organised fashion. They must leave as they arrived and change at home.

·       All members are advised to immediately shower once at your home.

·       All members MUST clean their Dobok between sessions.

·       Any congregating of people must be away from the dojang and outside, whilst maintaining Social Distancing protocols. The social aspects of a club should not be under-estimated as it contributes to over- all well-being of members, but these activities must be conducted in line with government guidance.

·       There must be no hugging or embracing between members at any point, but especially after a session when members are likely to have been perspiring.

·       Between sessions all surfaces must be cleaned using an appropriate process (e.g., steam cleaning or disinfectant wipes/sprays).

·       If multiple classes are held over the day/evening, the instructor must allow adequate time between classes for clearing and cleaning of the dojang. This is to ensure and minimise the risk of contamination and maintaining social distancing. It is vital there is no over-crowding at any time around entrances and exits.

·       As is usual in a traditional dojang, no drinking or eating is allowed on the dojang floor (matted area) and currently entrance areas.

·       There must be no shared use of drinking bottles at any time.

·       When closing the dojang after all sessions are finished - on leaving the Dojang (not before) the air sanitizing system is to be set at away mode with all internal doors open for 2hrs run and everyone the must exit the premises IMMEDIATELY.


When given the appropriate permissions by Government and Sport England we will move to Phase two

The guidance in regard pre and post training protocols remain in place, however, in Phase two, training will include light contact work. Members are not allowed to travel between clubs and must effectively remain in the same ‘dojang’ bubble.

Practice allowed:

·       Pad work

·       Throws, take downs, locks, holds, grappling and close quarter combat techniques remain forbidden at this time unless specifically mentioned and clear permissions given.

In Phase two age restrictions will apply as follows:

·       Under 18s may return to Indoor training as per guidance in Phase Two.

·       Adults can return to indoor training but only on a 1-2-1, socially distanced session.

·       Adults can return to individual training practice.

Note: The same Instructor may not coach an Under 18 and Adult session at the same time. The instructor will always maintain social distance.


In phase three, training returns to normal. All COVID restrictions to training practice are removed for all age groups and club members may enjoy a full range of training activity, including club gradings.

·       Hand Sanitiser must be used before and after sessions.

·       Outdoor shoes etc to be placed in designated rack.

·       Any type of sparring – to minimise the risk of any concussion injuries sparring gear must be worn – there will be no loan equipment. Sparring kits will be available to buy from the pro-shop.

·       Pad work.

·       Throws, take downs, locks, holds, grappling and close quarter combat techniques remain forbidden at this time unless specifically mentioned and clear permissions given.

·       Surface cleaning protocols to remain in place.

Training between clubs remains forbidden until such time as Government give notice to end Social-distancing and lift travel restrictions.


·       Hand Sanitiser must be used before and after sessions.

·       Outdoor shoes and coats etc to be placed in designated rack.

·       Any sparring/bag work – sparring gear/bag gloves must be worn – there will be no loan equipment.

·       Surface cleaning protocols to remain in place.

·       Contact training resumes. All aspects of syllabus will be taught and social distancing rules will be removed.

Training between clubs will be allowed if the government gives notice to end social-distancing and lift travel restrictions.

*Each phase above will be determined by the prevailing government advice and directives. There are no specific dates as to when each phase will return and as the Pandemic situation develops it may mean some aspects from each phase are allowed whilst other parts are not.

Age may also play a part in that children and adult karate may be different, again dependent on Government guidance.

In all aspects McKinstry Family Karate will modify the above to meet the requirements of the Authorities. Members will be advised through all social media and normal communication channels on all and any developments pertaining to the return to training.

Members must also prepare for the possibility of going back a Phase should the National Pandemic become worse. Government directives will determine whether this would be necessary.



All Safeguarding, child protections, and vulnerable adult protocols remain in place.


Link to GOV.UK guidance