First, it is crucial that students arrive 5 to 10 minutes before each class. Arriving right at the start time of the class usually results in the student entering after the class begins. Being late results in the student missing important information about the class, and struggling to get focused on what’s happening. It may also cause them to miss part or all of the warm-ups, resulting in going into the more intense exercises cold and greater risk of injury. Late arrivals tend to disrupt the class, too, which is inconsiderate of classmates and instructors.
Next, much of the martial arts involves developing the mind-body connection. This is achieved by regularly practicing ‘mindful movement.’ This means training with focus and concentration. Students should avoid distractions like excessive talking, breaks, or horse-play in class. Following the class structure and rules are also a part of learning mindfulness and self-discipline. Simple etiquette like bowing or using appropriate titles for instructors is also important.
Next, we are still following a minimal amount of safety measures to keep students safe from illness. This includes sanitizing before each class, keeping equipment clean, not sharing equipment/clothing. Also very important is refraining from attending class when sick, experiencing symptoms, or having been exposed to illness. Students who seem to be sick in class may be asked to leave until they are well again.
Lastly, remember that students and parents are responsible for keeping their memberships up to date. Incremental tuition payments (i.e. monthly, quarterly, etc.) must be made on or before a student’s due date. Although we do provide reminders on our attendance sheets or verbally, students must ultimately keep track. Enrolling via our EasyPay option can eliminate any inconveniences like this. Missed classes must be made up during a time when the student is actively enrolled and ‘make-ups’ cannot be used to extend the student’s enrollment. Students cannot attend classes without an active enrollment.
Stay mindful of this and enjoy your journey!