The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted our community in many ways, and we at Kim Studio Lancaster remain committed to helping our students grow in mind, body, and spirit through traditional Tae Kwon Do training. This page will be updated continuously to inform our students, families, and community how we will fulfill our mission while working to safeguard their health and wellness.
Thursday 3/26/20 Our first full-length online class (conducted 3/23) was uploaded to our website’s library.
A recording of our entire online class streamed on 3/23 is available to students through the student side of our website.
Wednesday 3/25/20 Masters Wagner and Cooper conducted our second full-length online class.
Due to bandwidth problems, the recording of this class could not be used. Based upon our experiences with the Wednesday night class, we improved our system for broadcast and recording to be used during the Friday 3/27 class adding a redundancy to the recording process.
Tuesday 3/24/20 We uploaded a new tutorial to our website’s library.
This combination tutorial and short work-out can be accessed through the student side of our website.
Monday 3/23 We conducted our first full-length online class at 6:00 and Master Cooper consulted with Grandmaster Kim regarding the teaching of forms online.
Viewership increase dramatically since our trial run on Saturday morning. Grandmaster Kim and Master Cooper discussed some options for teaching forms online given limited space for participants at home and the need to differentiate this instruction. Grandmaster Kim and Master Cooper will continue to explore this part of online instruction.
Sunday 3/22 Master Wagner and Master Cooper worked to streamline and update our studio’s website (much of this was “behind the scenes), and we expanded our use of the ZOOM application in anticipation of more online offerings.
Through a conference call, Masters Wagner and Cooper worked with the interface between You Tube and our website to expand our “Student Library” page in preparation for the upload of more tutorial videos. We also removed some old data and draft web pages to make working with our website more efficient.
Masters Rowe and Cooper also upgraded our subscription to Zoom and experimented with more options to improve our ability to offer online classes and to conduct online meetings with studio leadership.
Saturday 3/21 We launched our first 30 minute online class to our enrolled students with much success.
We are working on expanding this offering for the coming week. Participants in our first online class were encouraged to provide feedback, technical and otherwise, to aid in this process.
Friday 3/20 The following message was sent to our public inquiries list serve in an effort to make sure our students and families were receiving messages only sent using the student list serve:
We at Kim Studio Lancaster hope you and your family are well during this challenging time. You are receiving this message, because you are currently on our “Public Inquiries” email list. If you are an enrolled student, or a family member of an enrolled student, please email me with your name and current email address so I can move you to our student email list.
We will be providing a number of learning opportunities to our students remotely until our physical location can reopen, and placing your contact information on the correct mailing list will ensure you receive information regarding these experiences.
Wednesday 3/18 and Thursday 3/19 studio directors create a three-fold action plan for continuing the teaching of Tae Kwon Do and maintaining our studio community in light of the need to close temporarily our physical location:
1) consolidate and confirm electronic communications contacts for students and families,
2) maximize use of our online resources (studio website and Facebook), and
3) prepare for what may be a gradual and/or limited return to our physical dojang based upon state and local guidance.
Tuesday 3/17 In compliance with Governor Tom Wolfs’ directive for all non-essential businesses to close, Kim Studio Lancaster canceled all classes.
The following message to students was posted on our Facebook page along with a link to Governor Wolf’s announcement:
Dear Kim Studio Students and Families:
As you may be aware, Governor Wolf announced today that all nonessential businesses in Pennsylvania must shut down for two weeks.
As of now, our plan is to resume classes on Tuesday March 31st. We will continue to monitor events as these unfold, and please watch for this weekend’s newsletter for additional information.
Monday 3/16 Master Bender conducted an outdoor class.
Several discussions were held regarding the continuation of classes outdoors, and our studio leadership felt this was a safe and reasonable alternative to indoor training as weather permitted. Master Bender tested the concept with a family of three, keeping each at a safe distance.
Saturday 3/14 The following announcement regarding the cancelation of studio-related community events and temporary changes in our instructional practices was made during classes and sent to all students and families via our email list serve:
Our teachers and staff continue to monitor our community’s ongoing health concerns regarding the COVID-19 (Corona) Virus, and we consult frequently with our Kim Studio medical professionals for guidance. Our Master Instructors, teachers, staff, and students work hard— collectively— to keep our studio clean and safe. In light of growing concerns, we will be instituting the following additional scheduling and temporary safeguards:
- Our Bring-A-Friend Class and Demonstration scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th will be postponed and rescheduled for a future date (this includes scheduled demonstration practices);
- We will discontinue temporarily the teaching and practice of all grappling techniques (grabs, locks, escapes, throws, etc.);
- All sparring and partnered work requiring contact will be discontinued temporarily, and
- We will not use focus pads and targets until further notice.
Please remember to refrain from shaking hands before, during, and after classes. Continue to bow and use your “yes sirs” and “yes ma’ams.” If you are not feeling well, please stay home and rest. Finally, remember to do what Grandmaster always encourages us to do to stay healthy and strong: eat well, get plenty of sleep, and continue to exercise practicing at least two to three times a week.
Please do not hesitate to see me, Master Rowe, Mr. Maher, or our returning Office Manager Ms. Rettew if you have any questions.
Monday 3/9 The following special announcement was sent to all students and families via our email listserve:
As concerns continue to grow regarding the spread of the flu, and the Coronavirus in particular, we would like to offer the following reminders about precautions you and your family can take to help prevent the spread of illnesses:
1) Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 30 seconds;
2) Cover mouths and noses with tissues (preferably), with the inside of your elbow, or with your shoulder when sneezing or coughing;
3) Clean common surfaces like door handles and light switches frequently with disinfectant cleaners;
4) Avoid shaking hands– for us, bowing communicates the same degree of respect as a greeting, sign of appreciation, and/or a farewell, and
5) Stay home from school, work, and public places if you are sick, particularly if you have a fever.
In addition to these preventative practices, continue to eat well, exercise often, and get plenty of sleep to keep your bodies, minds, immune systems, and spirits strong!
Friday 3/6 Grandmaster Kim and Master Cooper discussed additional safety protocols and temporay changes to instructional techniques including prohibiting handshaking, increased vigilance with disinfecting common surfaces, and reminding students to stay home if not feeling well. In-class announcements began with the 6:00 class.