21/03/20 – Update
Further to recently revised guidance from the UK Government, all training & tuition is now SUSPENDED until 1st April 2020. At that time we will reassess the situation and make a decision on whether we can resume training.
I have been in contact with all students via email, and everyone has expressed a desire to continue training with video or streaming lessons. The syllabus and lessons are all prepared, of course, so I will just investigate the best delivery method – watch this space.
Stay safe, stay fit, and i’ll see you (virtually) very soon. 🙂
16/03/20 – Original Post
To all FWTS students, from Sifu Lee Paul Heron:
As you are aware, the Coronavirus CoVid19 is currently having a huge impact on the health and economy of the global population, including in the UK.
On 16th March 2020, guidance was issued by the UK Government regarding social distancing and gatherings, in order to protect those who are more vulnerable to the virus.
Regardless of your own health status, it is in the best interests of the population that we exercise due care and attention in ensuring the virus does not reach anyone who may be susceptible.
If You Are Unwell
If you are exhibiting the symptoms of Coronavirus, please follow official guidance and self-isolate. This means not attending classes for a period of 14 days. Please note this guidance may change as the situation develops, so do remain vigilant as to the latest advice.
If you are unsure, or worried about attending class, that’s totally fine. Please let me know you’re not attending, and I hope to see you again very soon.
If You Are OK
Because our training groups are small and stable (we have all trained together for years, and there is not a turnover of new students each week), for those who remain healthy, currently I intend to continue offering training as per the usual weekly schedule until such time as the government advises against it.
Martial arts training does inevitably involve close contact, so I suggest all students take extra care in washing hands before / during / after training, use hand sanitiser, and wipe down the equipment after use. I’ll provide extra cleaning equipment to make this work.
Please note that the above may change if I contract the virus, but at the time of writing i’m still fit & well – fingers crossed!
If you wish to contact me and let me know you’ll be attending class, that’s also fine. I look forward to seeing you in due course.
Look After Each Other
For me, a large part of the martial arts concerns personal growth, development and responsibility. Please do your best to help those around you who may be in need, and if I can be of service in any way, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
All the best, and see you in class – either now, or when things settle down again. 🙂
Please visit the links below to read more about the UK Government response to Coronavirus CoVid19, the official NHS guidance, and the NHS 111 reporting service: