SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Training Policy


James Martial Arts Academy has been the premier and most authentic Kosho-Ryu/Kajukenbo training venue in El Cajon since 2011. Our mission has always been to offer the highest Kosho-Ryu/Kajukenbo training to keep citizens safe, healthy, and fit.

In addition to having set and maintaining these high standards on the professional level, we have also routinely ensured the same high standards for the safety of our training environment. This cannot be more important during the current COVID-19 pandemic, where the health of our community is of the highest priority.

Therefore, to protect our employees, our customers, and our community, we are continuously updating our safety, health, and sanitation procedures at our training facility.

Please take a moment to review the measures we are taking to ensure the safety of our Impact family.

Individual screening and personal protective measures

Staff and instructors

Instructors and staff are trained to self-screen for symptoms characteristic to COVID-19 before coming to work daily. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, shortness of breath, cough, headache, fatigue and muscle aches, loss of taste or smell, etc. Employees are instructed not to come into work if they exhibit any of these and similar symptoms, or if they or someone they live with has been diagnosed with COVID-19. All staff and instructors are encouraged to wear facial coverings when working with clients to the extent it is possible to do so. Instructors and staff are encouraged to routinely wash their hands while on-premises and use ethanol-based hand sanitizers available to them and clients throughout the gym. 

Adult students and clients:

A class reservation system has been set up on our website, requiring all students/clients to register for classes within 24 hours prior to class start. Within the reservation system, students are asked if they or someone in their household has exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms. If they have, they are encouraged to refrain from training until it is safe to do so later. In the meantime, students are encouraged to take advantage of our remote training opportunities, as described in subsequent sections (see our schedule and class descriptions page to see our schedule of live-streamed classes). Students who attend in-person classes are encouraged to wash their hands before and after each training session and use ethanol-based hand sanitizers provided by the gym.

Kids and teens students and clients

All kids and teens entering the facility for training events and classes are temperatures screened using infrared touchless forehead thermometer. Students are encouraged to wash their hands prior and after every class and use ethanol-based hand sanitizers provided by the gym. Preschool students are further assisted by staff to ensure they do the same.   

 Cleaning and disinfecting protocols

The school is regularly cleaned and disinfected using EPA Approved Disinfectants and procedures.

The class schedule has been modified to ensure sufficient time between each class to allow the staff to disinfect the mats and the equipment used. Students are encouraged to also disinfect equipment after use with wipes containing EPA Approved Disinfectants that available throughout the school.  

Commonly touched surfaces, including door handles, light switches, pens, tables, and other common areas are also disinfected multiple times a day.

Preventative measures have been implemented to lessen the chance of spreading the virus by minimizing high-touch surfaces and equipment sharing. This includes:

  • Bathrooms that, in addition to having motion sensor light fixtures, have been upgraded to include touchless faucets and soap dispensers.
  • The communal water refrigerator will no longer be available for use until further notice.
  • Shared boxing gloves and other protective equipment will no longer be offered to the students. Students will be required to have their protective equipment for training.

Physical Distancing Considerations:

Kosho-Ryu/Kajukenbo is a contact-based system. Therefore complete social distancing cannot always be maintained during training. However, we have taken measures to ensure training opportunities for those that wish to have social distancing, as well as those with underlying medical issues that put them at higher risk of complications as a result of COVID -19.

Adult classes:

Students are asked to inform staff and instructors on their preference when it comes to training. This includes the desire to engage in partner to partner interactions, or the preference for social distancing drilling. We will make sure we will accommodate both requests to the best of our ability and separate the class according to the students’ preferences.

Furthermore, new classes and programs are offered, with some species more suitable for social distancing and remote learning. 

  • Kosho-Ryu/Kajukenbo mastery class is designed to drill techniques independently while maintaining social distancing, heavy bags, and other equipment. (please see our class description page for more specific information on classes  
  • Live streaming of the above class, and other classes will also be available to those unable or unwilling to come to the gym for training.
  • Virtual training packages are available to those that prefer to learn from the comfort of their home. These include monthly prerecorded video lessons and access to live video streams of daily lessons from the dojo. Those looking for a hybrid of in-school and remote learning, additional training packages are available. (please see our rates page for more descriptions)

Kids and Teens classes:

Teens’ classes will have no student to student contact. Rather, students will perform techniques using heavy bags, and other equipment and will interact directly with instructors when doing offensive and defensive activities. Instructors will be wearing face coverings and try to minimize the cumulative duration of their interactions with the students to lessen the chance of infection. Siblings will be permitted to work together if interested and skill levels are comparable to class level.

Kids’ classes will too have no student to student contact. Students will engage in games and drills that will try to keep social distancing guidelines to the best of our ability. Defenses will be taught and practiced with students interacting directly with the instructors. Instructors will be wearing face coverings and try to minimize the cumulative duration of their interactions with the students to lessen the chance of infection. Siblings will be permitted to work together if interested.

 Space considerations :

All classes will be limited to 12 participants. This will be regulated by the registration system mentioned earlier in this article. Given the size of our facility, this will minimize overcrowding and allow for more distancing options for students, staff, instructors, and visitors. 

Our facility has one door; therefore, there will be “one-way traffic” in and out of the dojo to minimize overcrowding and congestion.

We will remove all seating for visitors to prevent overcrowding and congestion.

Other Considerations -Face coverings:

Face coverings are required for all students, clients, and visitors to the gym. Individuals and students should do their best to keep facial coverings when interacting with others when not training. Once training commences, students must wear facial coverings; however, we understand that some exercises will not allow for masks to stay on, nor will allow for students wearing the masks to breathe normally and safely during strenuous activity. 

Instructors and staff will do their best to keep facial coverings on when training and teaching others to the extent it is safe and feasible to do so, given the nature of the exercises they are performing. Masks will be available for purchase at the gym for those that arrive without one.

Indoor training shoes:

Students and instructors will be required to wear clean indoor-only training shoes that are to be used when training in the gym’s matted areas. These shoes are not to be worn outside, and therefore upon entering the gym, individuals will be able to change from your outdoor footwear to the indoor training shoes before entering the matted area. It is also essential that these shoes have smooth, soft soles to minimize the chances of injuring training partners or damaging any equipment. Please ask the staff for suggestions as to the best footwear to meet these requirements.