The pandemic has been challenging for most of us and very difficult for some people. With social isolation, financial hardships, restricted activities, and elevated depression and anxiety we are all looking forward to a return to our old version of normal. Through all of this it was important to stay as positive about the situation as possible. Now, we can be cautiously optimistic that an end is in sight.
There is a lot to be excited about in a return to the old normal at ZenQuest. First, this will mean going back to optional face-coverings. Although training with these on tends to actually improve our cardio-vascular fitness, most people would rather just go back to training without them. Those who prefer to continue using these are more than welcome to of course.
Returning to normal also means resuming events like Advanced Concepts Clinics, tournaments, and seminars with some of the most notorious instructors in the martial arts world. This includes people like Demian Maia, Hirokuni Yamashiro, Mark DellaGrotte, and others. At present we have scheduled a round of Advanced Concepts, and our first seminar in over two years with Kru Mark DellaGrotte in late March (details on page 2.) Look for more of these events again soon.
Once we’re fairly certain that we can go back to normal we will adjust the current class schedule back to pre-pandemic mode. This means restoring class durations for older kids and adults back to a full hour. Class durations were shortened to allow for sanitizing surfaces between classes. At some point we can reduce the amount of sanitizing needed.
Normal training will also mean a return to normal social interactions in the Dojo, too. We’ve had to eliminate some things that we took for granted like hand shakes, fist bumps, and ’abraços’ or hugs in Jiu-jitsu. These things may seem insignificant at first, but they go a long way towards comradery and team building among training partners. Just being able to see people’s faces again will be nice, too!
There are several newer students at the gym that have never had the opportunity to train without the current safety precautions in place. Imagine what things will be like when they can experience ‘normal’ training. For more experienced students this will be a much welcomed change back to the training they know and love.
Of course, we must continue to follow the safety precautions in place until it is safe to lift them. We are all tired of these things, but they are the way to stay safe until the COVID situation is under control.
So, let’s keep our fingers crossed and look forward to getting back to normal soon! As always, we appreciate the students and instructors who’s love for the martial arts was greater than the inconveniences we’re endured over the last two years. Thank you!