Restart practice with some advices

Training has restarted in many dojos but with some hygiene conditions. Some of you have asked us advices about it. This little article is going through guidelines and suggestions that Kendo practicers have put in place and we can use.

The All Japan Kendo Federation has drawn up “Guidelines for Preventing the Spread Infections with the Resumption of Interpersonal Keiko”. These guidelines maybe reviewed one by bone based on the gathering of the data in the future and the status of infections in each region.

Here are the main points of these guidelines to inspire your dojos rules during the pandemic issue:

“Participating in keiko

  • People with underlying conditions should not participate in keiko. If people with these conditions intend to participate in keiko, consent from a doctor should obtain beforehand.
  • People who meet the following conditions cannot participate in keiko:
    • If you are feeling well.

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, taste disorders, strong feeling of fatigue.

You may be infected but asymptomatic, so if you feel your condition is different than normal, consider carefully whether to participate in keiko.

  • If a family member living with you or a close acquaintance is suspected of being infected.
    • People who within the last 14 days have travelled to or had close contact with a person from a country or region that is restricted by government, or after entry have had to undergo a period of observation.
    • Non-members of your organization, for the time being.
  • If you travel to keiko on public transport, take all appropriate measures to not become infected.

Before keiko starts

  • Take your temperature before training and do not participate if you have a fever. If you do not have a fever but have a cough and / or sore throat, do not participate.
  • Before keiko wash the hands, gargle and use alcohol to disinfect the fingers.
  • Take a register of participants names, contact numbers, etc. at each keiko.
  • Change into training wear at home if possible or use the changing room in shifts to avoid it becoming crowded.
  • Clean and disinfect the floor.”

The Japanese kendo federation suggest the use of tenugi and plastic protection in front of mouth  to avoid salive split coming out and spread. The following video will explain how to put on the plastic protection in your men:

if you want to organize with your federation to buy these plastic protections for your men you can find them here for example:

https://www.ninecircles.co.uk/kendo/kendo-accessories/protection/tozando-isg-face-guard-bogu-virus-protector/?fbclid=IwAR0Nrw2KYk8grVRiE1B-m9mW6Qtq4aZrhkOx8WLz4jIrQ6cdLwoSEfNxfYc

https://www.e-bogu.com/Kendo-Men-Polycarbonate-Eye-Protector-p/hir-pro-eyeprotect-.htm

https://www.e-bogu.com/Mouth-Shield-Mask-for-Kendo-TB-19-Tsuba-Blocker-19-p/hir-pro-tsubablock-tb19.htm