what FMA is doing about covid-19

UPDATES

July 7, 2020

You asked and we listened. More outdoor classes have been added at each dojo, as well as an additional day of online training. We hope these changes, which go into effect July 13, will allow every FMA Member to train at their own pace.

Select your dojo below to get started.

June 29, 2020

As a health club in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, we are now able to host small group classes indoors. Here’s what that means for you:

We’ve been hard at work trying to come up with a schedule of indoor and outdoor classes, in addition to changing our livestream classes, to give our members the options they need. This new schedule will begin on July 6th.

We are giving class priority to current members at this time, so if you have terminated your membership during COVID-19 and would like to renew your membership, please reach out to your dojo manager.

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Indoor class procedure:

• You must pre-register for all classes via the FMA app, website, or Mindbody. If you do not register more than 2 hours in advance of your class, you will not be allowed to participate.

• Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes and no later than 5 minutes before your class time. We have spaced classes out by fifteen minutes to allow for a smooth transition of students.

• Your temperature will be taken via a non-contact forehead thermometer before you enter the dojo. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed to enter.

• You must wear a mask at all times during your class, both indoors and outdoors.

• No spectators will be allowed inside the dojo until further notice. We will do our best to allow parents to watch the class from outside by setting up socially distanced chairs outside the front windows.

• Please do not arrive late for class. If you are late for class for any reason, please wait outside the dojo, in a place where your instructor can see you, until that instructor comes out to get you.

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Other things to know:

• Outdoor class spots have increased to 30 people per class. Indoor spots are very limited and depend on the size of your dojo.

Evanston: 16 spots
Wilmette: 12 spots
Glenview: 16 spots
Park Ridge: 8 spots
Chicago: outdoor classes only, 30 spots

• Please do not attend class if you feel under the weather.

• Make sure to bring a water bottle!

• Please keep others in mind when registering for class. Many are very excited to be able to do in-person classes again, but we must remember that others are trying to take classes as well.

• Everyone must maintain at least a 6 foot distance and no physical contact is allowed.

• Outdoor classes are weather dependent. Your dojo manager will contact you if your class is cancelled.

• Some outdoor locations are subject to change, so please keep an eye on your email for location information via your dojo manager once you register for your class. All class locations will be within a reasonable distance from the dojo.

• Due to recent surges in various states and countries, for the safety of all of our students and staff, and because of the close proximity of all the Dojos to the City of Chicago we are kindly asking families who have recently traveled and returned from countries (such as Brazil, India, etc) and states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to stay home for a 14 day period and participate in our livestreams instead. These states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. You can find an updated list of these states here.

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What we’re doing:

• We’re working closely with Cintas, who is providing hand and foot sanitizing stations at every dojo, as well as cleaning materials and supplies that will bring us well beyond compliant with Illinois, OSHA, WHO, and CDC guidelines.

• We’re cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces before and after every class.

• We’re also checking temperatures, both our own and our students. To be able to enter the dojo, every person’s temperature will be taken and must be below 100.4 degrees.

• We’ve updated our HVAC systems to circulate the maximum amount of outside air possible.

• We’re going touch-free. No more iPad check-ins, no more paper schedules. Instructors will check students into class on their own devices and print materials will be accessible by scanning a QR code.

• We’re choosing the safest way to train. More stationary basics and kata, no partner drills, no touching the mat. You’ll still get in the karate you want, but in a much smarter and safer way.

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The new class schedule will start on July 6th.

When looking for classes via our website, make sure you change the search filters to reflect your week of choice, otherwise you might not be able to see the classes. Select your dojo below to get started.

Virtual Classes

For at-risk students, or those who have been finding their groove in FMA Online Training, there are still options for you.

The schedule below will begin on July 6th.

June 23, 2020

Governor Pritzker announced yesterday that gyms and health clubs will be able to move into Phase 4 on June 26th. This means that our dojos can operate again at a limited capacity. We are currently working very hard to put together a schedule for you all and plan to start that schedule on July 6th. Stay tuned for more information!

June 5, 2020

As a health club in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, we are now about to host 1-on-1 private lessons in addition to outdoor classes of ten people or less. We have been hard at work putting policies and standards in place for this phase and are excited to announce a plan moving forward.

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PRIVATE LESSONS

If you would like a private lesson with your favorite sensei to kick off phase 3, we can begin hosting you as early as next week! Virtual private lessons are also still available.

Things to know:

• You must wear a mask at all times during your lesson.

• Your temperature will be taken via infrared thermometer before you enter any FMA dojo.

• Please do not attend your lesson if you are sick or have a fever.

• Hand sanitizer will be given to you before and after your lesson. Bathroom facilities are also available for hand washing.

• Instructors will maintain at least a 6 foot distance and no physical contact is allowed.Please email your sensei to arrange an in-person private lesson.

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OUTDOOR CLASSES

We’ve also been hard at work trying to secure outdoor space and schedule outdoor classes, in addition to our livestream classes, to give our members the options they need. Some outdoor space has been easier to find than others, so we appreciate your patience in letting us navigate these waters.

Things to know:

• You must wear a mask at all times during your class.

• Only 9 people + 1 instructor are allowed in each class.

• You must pre-register for class via the FMA app, website, or Mindbody.

• Please do not attend class if you are sick or have a fever.

• Once registration becomes available, please keep others in mind by not registering for more than one class spot at a time. Many are very excited to be able to do in-person classes again, but we must remember that others are trying to take classes as well.

• Everyone must maintain a 6 foot distance and no physical contact is allowed.

• Classes are weather dependent. Your dojo manager will contact you if your class is cancelled.

• Some locations are subject to change, so please keep an eye on your email for location information via your dojo manager. All class locations will be within a reasonable distance from the dojo.

Have a hot tip about outdoor space in the general area of your dojo? Own any property you’d like to lend for classes? Contact us!

As classes become solidified, we will post them within the FMA App, Mindbody, and the website. Please keep checking back for class updates and added class availability.

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VIRTUAL CLASSES

For at-risk students, or those who have been finding their groove in FMA Online Training, we plan to keep the current livestream schedule for the time being while we establish an outdoor routine. Eventually, we plan to alter the livestream schedule, but it will not be a drastic change.

Virtual Class Schedule Week of June 8


Virtual Class Schedule Week of June 15

Please note that Tuesday and Thursday Karate Tots / Little Dragons classes and Karate PE Classes will cease, while Adult All Ranks is moved to an earlier time.


May 21, 2020

After much deliberation and consideration of state reopening guidelines, we have decided to cancel all June weeks of Summer Camp. This is a decision that was not made lightly, but prioritized safety and comfort above all. Each dojo’s manager will be reaching out to those registered for June weeks. FMA can either reschedule your child or children for a week later in the summer or carry over the camp credit to 2021. Any camps purchased for 2020 can be used in 2021 instead. If you wish to purchase a camp week for next year, or later this summer, we have extended the early bird deadline to June 15.

March 27, 2020

We have been monitoring the situation closely and, although optimistic about reopening on March 30th, realize that it was not a realistic goal based on newer COVID-19 developments. The United States now leads the world with COVID-19 cases and the current figures are only projected to climb. Illinois is under a “shelter in place” order until at least April 7th, and we are monitoring the situation closely to make an assessment about when we will reopen our dojos. We will continue to post updates on this page.

Until we re-open, please join us for online training. All members have received a link and passwords to enter online training and we encourage you to join us whenever you can! We are constantly updating our database of on-demand videos for our members and we are excited to continue to build this database for the future. We are also running livestreams for our members at a frequency of 5 times per week starting on March 30th in order to give our FMA Family the most out of their membership.

During this very trying time, we want to remind you how important your tuition is to our business and to our staff and their families. Small businesses everywhere are struggling to stay afloat in the current climate, and we are no exception. We understand that you, too, might be under financial strain at this time, just like we are. But we ask, if you can manage it, please continue your membership. The future of our business and our staff depends on it. We are working hard to ensure that the online training platform is sufficient enough to make up for the in-person classes missed.

If you’d like to do a little extra to help rally around FMA at this time, we need it more than ever. You can   purchase a new gi or sparring gear for pickup when we re-open, purchase a   single, 5 pack, or 10 pack of private lessons  purchase photos from classes our tournaments, or   buy a gift card, e of your friends or family members. You can also help FMA ensure a quicker bounce back by writing a positive review of your dojo on Yelp, Google, or Facebook.

We miss you all and are very excited to get back to the dojos!


March 14, 2020

ALL DOJOS CLOSED FROM MARCH 16 – 29

Back when FMA was first founded, our goals were simple: to provide martial arts to the local community, to develop that community into a family, and to enrich and protect that family. Current events have caused us to realize that we can protect our FMA family in a way we never anticipated: by closing our dojos for two weeks. This decision was not made lightly.  All of our dojos will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29. At this point, we plan to resume classes on Monday, March 30th at all locations.

We know that this may seem like an inconvenience to some, and we are sorry for that. But we know that this was the most responsible decision to make to ensure the health and safety of not just our students and their families, but the population at large, especially the most vulnerable. We all have a role to play in this, and it is so very important that we act as responsibly as we can and consider not only ourselves, but the entire community. With that being said, we are working  around the clock to put up an  online training platform for all of our members, which we hope to have up and running by midweek. This online training platform will allow you to practice at home, review the curriculum for your next belt, virtually meet with your instructors and classmates, and watch / practice along with live streams of your favorite sensei, or even a sensei you’ve never trained with before.

During this very trying time, we want to remind you how important your tuition is to our business and to our staff and their families. Small businesses everywhere are struggling to stay afloat in the current climate, and we are no exception. We understand that you, too, might be under financial strain at this time, just like we are. But we ask, if you can manage it, please continue your membership. The future of our business and our staff depends on it. We hope the online training platform will be sufficient enough to make up for the in-person classes missed. Two weeks will be up before you know it and we can all go back to doing what we love: practicing martial arts at the dojo. More importantly, practicing in a safe, clean environment.

If you’d like to do a little extra to help rally around FMA at this time, we need it more than ever. You can  purchase a new gi or sparring gear for pickup when we re-open, purchase a  single, 5 pack, or 10 pack of private lessons purchase photos from classes our tournaments, or  buy a gift card, e of your friends or family members. You can also help FMA ensure a quicker bounce back by writing a positive review of your dojo on Yelp, Google, or Facebook.

If you were thinking about signing up for  Summer Camp we have extended the early bird pricing registration deadline to May 1 as a courtesy for those who are waiting to commit. We know that most of the world is just taking it one day at a time and we want to do as much as we can to reflect that in our policies and practices.We care deeply about every single one of our members, and we want you to take care of yourselves, both physically and mentally. If this has affected your mental well-being or if you’re just feeling lonely as you stay home and wait it out, we are here to listen. Shoot your favorite sensei an email or join us for the upcoming video conference style classes coming up in the next week. We would love to see all of your smiling faces!


We are looking forward to business as usual, and we hope you are too.


Wishing you health,

Sensei John Fonseca + The FMA Team

Letter: March 9, 2020


Dear Students and Parents – 

In light of the global COVID-19 situation, we wanted to reach out to you all to let you know what FMA is doing to prevent the spread of the virus and mitigate risk at our dojos.

Right now, there is no cause for concern or panic, as the United States, and Illinois in particular, have relatively low numbers of the virus. And, as we have seen in other countries that have successfully 
kept their numbers low, the best action to take is to employ proactive and preventative measures to ensure the virus can spread no further.

With this in mind, here is what FMA is doing to make sure its members and staff are as safe as possible:


• We will forego iPad check-ins until further notice. Instructors will now make attendance part of class, checking students in on their cell phones.

• No more high fives. This doesn’t mean we won’t congratulate you for a job well done, but we will be more careful about how we do it! We will start implementing more creative ways to tell you or your student “good job”, like a CDC recommended elbow bump. If you have a little one, and you think this might upset them, please take the appropriate measures to create a frame of reference for them moving forward. We will do our best to implement this as gracefully as possible.

• We will ensure we are fully stocked with hand sanitizer or alcohol based spray (if no hand sanitizer is available), hand soap, and other personal care solutions, and that it’s available for public use. We recommend you use it both on your way in and on your way out. We’ll make sure each class uses it at the end of their session.

• We will implement a more frequent and thorough cleaning of our bathroom areas, including making disinfectant wipes available to bathroom users who would like to help do their part in wiping down handles and knobs before and/or after they use them.

• We will now require shoes to be worn in the bathrooms. We will also make bathroom shoes available to all, keeping an array of different sizes of flip flops near the bathroom doors. We will also be cleaning these shoes often. We invite you to carry your own shoes over to the bathrooms if you’d prefer to use them instead.

• We will implement more frequent and thorough cleaning of our other common areas like stadium seating, counter surfaces, lockers, entrance doors, and shoe areas.

• The mats will now be wiped down after every class, instead of just twice per day, making sure each class gets a fresh, clean mat on which to practice.

• Physical corrections in class will be limited. Instead of straightening your elbow or knee using physical touch, we will now attempt to correct all of our students verbally.

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The most important thing to remember in all of this is that 
we are all responsible for taking care of each other . We have seen that COVID-19 is especially dangerous to those who are elderly and medically compromised. Just because an individual is young and perceives their risk to be low, they should still be mindful about how  easily this virus is transmitted, and take extra care to ensure that they are not responsible for transferring it to someone who doesn’t have the same strong immune system. As they say, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. We must ensure the whole chain is healthy to guarantee success.

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Here are some recommendations for you to rise to the task of being a responsible dojo member:
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If you were thinking about signing up for  Summer Camp we have extended the early bird pricing registration deadline to May 1 as a courtesy for those who are waiting to commit. We know that most of the world is just taking it one day at a time and we want to do as much as we can to reflect that in our policies and practices.We care deeply about every single one of our members, and we want you to take care of yourselves, both physically and mentally. If this has affected your mental well-being or if you’re just feeling lonely as you stay home and wait it out, we are here to listen. Shoot your favorite sensei an email or join us for the upcoming video conference style classes coming up in the next week. We would love to see all of your smiling faces!


We are looking forward to business as usual, and we hope you are too.


Wishing you health,

Sensei John Fonseca + The FMA Team

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