Aug 062020

Dear JAC Member Organisation contact/leader,

Thank you for your patence in these trying and confusing times. Especially when the government goal posts are changing. It is because of these ever changing goal posts and conflicting information that I have just managed to speak directly to a senior individual in the insurers for detailed clarification of our insurers position. As you can imagine they are all working from home and are difficult at best to contact via phone as a result.

The issue we had is that we are a full contact body art and the classification of our dojo venue locations, with us being in a plethora of different types of venues such as; sports halls, gyms, YMCA’s, purpose built dojos, rented space, arts facilities, church halls and village halls or even our garages, we were therefore classified as being within the 2nd wave of disciplines and facilities to be “Unlocked”.

Having explained that we can describe our various venues as a “sports facility” and that we can practise non contact at a distance, the insurers agreed that we can categorise our dojos as such thereby allowing us to be in the first unlock category. 

Basically put, you can open your dojo’s to students from today.
There is work to do to support your dojos unlocking though.
To open you need to perform the following.

1) Use the JAC Unlock process. See attached.

2) Make sure all students (and instructors) fill out the student indemnity form. This is our track and trace form. See attached.

3) Create a register for each class. Check student indemnity status at each class.

4) Fill out the JAC club declaration and email a copy the JAC General Secretary.

5) Update your risk analysis forms to include the COVID-19 aspects. See attached examples. This may need to be updated as government guidelines or venue facilities change. It should be considered a live document.

6) Gain permission from your venue owners or manager for you to  practice indoors. If you rent a property its your landlord! They need to be happy with what you are doing.

7) Your venue may have their own rules that you will need to follow so check with them first.

8) Keep a constant check on your devolved nations governmental guidance on COVID-19 as guidelines will differ between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

9) Keep your mat area sanitised and clean. Before and after every class. 

Please note that social distancing, PPE use and sanitiser etc., should be maintained/used and that we should recommence practice with solo taisabaki and/or ukemi exercises and/or weapons only. Remember – if you can’t hug your grandchildren you can’t practice the body art! 2 meters distance indoors and outdoors is still in place I believe.

Weapons must be sanitsed before and after use, especially club owned weapons. Masks are optional outdoors but compulsory indoors.
Pay particular attention to localised lockdown guidelines if in a location where there is a second wave of infection. 


  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Burnley
  • Rochdale
  • Hyndburn
  • Pendle
  • Rossendale
  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Kirklees
  • And Leicester, which is still subject to some restrictions.

Thats it. It looks like a long list but once in the process its quite quick to do.


All documentation is available from the JAC Dropbox or from direct download below:

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