Winter Taekwondo Training.

Heart of the Bear Kids’ Classes (see tab at top of page) resume January 15th. Heart of the Bear classes are designed for 5 – 7 year-olds and introduce the fundamentals of taekwondo in a positive and fun environment. Consider making an introduction to Taekwondo a holiday gift.

Mask Ordinance Expires: Changes to Training Practices

As of 5-22-2021, Lincoln and Lancaster County have no mandatory mask ordinances. We will return to standard operating procedures.

No person will be required to wear a mask while in our dojang.
People who have not yet completed a course a vaccination should wear a mask.
Students who wish to wear a mask may, of course, do so.

We will return to lining up for class by rank, rather than by family group. We will maintain 6 – 12 foot distance during warmups, as space allows.

We will resume contact practices including sparring, one-steps, self-defense, and close-quarters training.

We will use shared equipment including: weights, jump ropes, mats, rip cords, target bags, heavy bags, and weapons.

All students must provide their own sparring gear (we can arrange orders through Century Martial Arts Supply) in order to spar. We will no longer provide shared sparring gear.

Any student may opt out of any exercise if that student (or guardian) feels the exercise puts the student at unnecessary risk. We will do our best to provide distance or individualized training options.

Fall Schedule / COVID-19 Impacts on Training

First: We are happy to welcome Luke Day to our dojang. Luke is a certified Yoga instructor and teaches Sunday afternoons from 11:30 – 12:30. If you are interested in a yoga program, please contact us. We can put you in touch with Luke. He offers training appropriate for all levels of Yoga practitioners, from first-timers to experienced yogis. Individual Class Rates, Monthly Memberships, and Family Rates plans available.

Second: For the time being, we are suspending our live-streaming, synchronous instruction. All instruction will occur on site. However, we still have reduced class hours.

August Schedule of Classes:
Monday: 6-7 PM; Tuesday 6-7 PM; Wednesday 6-7 PM; Thursday 6-7 PM;
Saturday: 11:30-12:30.

Pre-recorded training videos remain available in our Electronic Dojang. See the drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Third: We are still following Lincoln/Lancaster County Guidelines for pandemic protocols. This means all persons entering and exiting our school must wear a face mask. Students may remove masks during exercise (if they choose to do so). Visitors who remain in our office and observation areas must wear a mask. We advise students to bring a towel or a seal-able bag to store their masks in during class to reduce the risk of contamination. At present, our student population safely fits on our floor while remaining at safe distance, so we have not initiated a sign-up/registration system.

Fourth: Kids’ Class Fall Session. “Heart of the Bear: Taekwondo for Kids” will begin on Saturday, Sept. 12. As we did with summer session. Kids’ class will run from 10:20 – 11:10 (instead of 10:30 – 11:20) to help reduce crowding and traffic in our entryway.

Lincoln and Lancaster Country Mask Ordinance & What That Means for Taekwondo

City of Lincoln Mask Ordinance and what it means for our Taekwondo School.

July 17, Mayor Gaylor Baird issued a mask ordinance for the city of Lincoln. In short: the DHM requires all individuals to wear a mask if they go into a facility that’s open to the public, unless six feet of distance can be achieved and guaranteed at all times. The DHM will remain in effect from July 20 to Aug. 31.

Exceptions to the rules include the following:

Individuals ages five and younger.
If exercising.
If eating or drinking at bars or restaurants.
If individuals have a medical condition.
If presenting or broadcasting or giving speech.
Anyone seeking state/county services.

This means all individuals entering and leaving our Taekwondo School must wear a mask except when exercising. Students may remove masks when we bow in and formally begin class. Students may bring a sealable bag to keep their masks in for the duration of class. Students will wear masks after we bow out and end class until they get outside and at least 6 feet away from our doors.

All persons in the Taekwondo school who are not exercising must wear a mask at all times. We cannot guarantee a 6 ft distance in our entry way, office, or observation areas.

For more information about the mask ordinance:

https://www.1011now.com/…/live-at-330pm-lincolns-response-…/The Directed Health Measure begins Monday.

Kids’ Class Update

Changes to the Summer Session.

COVID-19 Response Plan
Summer Session will run June 20th – July 25
Classes will run from 10:20 – 11:10 (to prevent crowding before our 11:30 class.)
Students from different households will maintain at least 6 feet of distance from one another.
Parents who wish to remain in the waiting area will be asked to wear masks.
We will have other practices in place to reduce the risk of contagion and contamination.

Kids’ Classes focus on developing basic taekwondo skills and etiquette in a fun, kid-friendly, and safe environment. Open to students 5-6 years old, kids’ classes run in six week sessions that teach rudimentary strikes, blocks, and stances. Kids’ class works to improve agility, flexibility, confidence, and coordination.

Heart of the Bear also prepares young martial artists for our open classes.

Walk-ins are welcome, but Kids’ Classes have limited enrollment–contact us to secure your spot.

Summer Taekwondo

Social Distance Testing the week of July 27th to August 1st.

We all need something to work for. We are happy to announce our next rank testing will be held the week of July 27 – August 1st. We will schedule individual or family testing in 30 – 40 minutes blocks to maintain your safety. You may invite members of your family to come and watch. Contact elements of testing will be eliminated–no sparring, no self-defense. Students will perform one-steps and kicking one-steps without partners or with family members from the same house-hold. Required board breaks will be arranged on cinder blocks by the student or held by family members.

If you are ready to test, contact one of our instructors and arrange a time. Testing does not have to occur during normal class hours.

To help you prepare for your next rank, we would like to remind you of our current class offerings and schedule.

We have in-person classes Mon, Wed, and Thu evenings from 6 – 7 PM and Saturdays from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

We also offer live-streaming classes on Monday and Tuesday Evenings from 6 -7 PM via our Facebook page.

We occasionally offer simultaneous streaming of our Saturday afternoon classes as well.

Social Distance and Sanitation Procedures for in-person classes.

We are making every effort to make our taekwondo school as safe as possible for in-person instruction. This includes:

  1. No contact drills, no sparring, no self-defense, no one-steps with partners
  2. No bag work or shared equipment–including target and heavy bags, jump rope, ripcords, weights, and community weapons
  3. Change in “line up.” We do not line up by rank, but arrange students around the room to maximize personal space. Students who live in the same household stand near one-another regardless of rank. We can have 12 – 15 students in class and maintain 6 feet of distance.
  4. Change in water break. Students bring their water bottles with them to the floor and keep them nearby to minimize “grouping” during breaks.
  5. More frequent sanitizing of common surfaces: we bleach light switches, door knobs, and bathroom fixtures before and after every class. Bleach spray, Clorox Wipes, and Lysol spray are available for student use if students have concern about touching surfaces.
  6. No chairs in spectator area. To reduce crowding, we ask visitors do not sit in our spectator area, but instead remain in vehicles outside the school or drop-off and pick up students. Parents who prefer to stay and watch training may do so, we encourage these spectators to wear masks and keep their distance.
  7. Students may wear masks during in training if they choose, but are not required to do so.

While these policies do not eliminate the risk of COVID-19 spread at our taekwondo school, we can reduce that risk.

We understand not all our students feel comfortable returning to an in-person class; but we hope to see some of you back on the floor.

Master Mike Catron, Master Hilary Catron, Master Shawn Labadie, and Ms. Amanda Witte

Spring Kids’ Classes Cancelled

We are not able to guarantee meeting Lincoln guidelines for social distancing during kids’ classes. Unfortunately this means the April – May Heart of the Bear Taekwondo for Kids’ session is cancelled.

We can offer individual and family instruction. If you are interested in arranging private lessons for your children or participating in a family-based class, please contact us.

Reducing Hours

We will be closed Monday 23 March. We will also likely close Tuesday 24 March. Master H. Catron will live stream a class at 6:00 PM via our Facebook Page @chungdokwanlincoln. The live stream video will be available in the Workouts section of our Electronic Dojang as soon as possible.

Given Master H. Catron’s work at UNMC, it is possible her hours will become unpredictable. Bear with us as we adjust to the changing realities of this pandemic.

Covid-19 Response

As our city and county work to control the spread of Covid-19 in our community, Chung Do Kwan Taekwondo will stay abreast of information from the Lancaster County Health Department and other official state agencies.

We will maintain a limited schedule–and perhaps long-term closings–during the next several weeks as we come to understand more about about the spread and risk of Covid-19 in our city.

At present:

Thursday night: 6 – 7 (Open)

Saturday 14 March: 11:30 – 1 Open Class–Cancelled.

Monday 16 March: 6:00 – 7 (Open)

We intend to update the school’s hours day-by-day. Please follow us on Facebook Pages to get the most recent information.

At present, previously contracted individual events: self-defense classes, birthday parties, remain as scheduled. Email or message us directly with specific questions.

Be well,

Masters Michael Catron, Hilary Catron, & Shawn Labadie