World Seido Karate seeks to develop a “non-quitting” or “bushido” spirit in each student as they practice and learn the art of karate. No matter what the obstacle or difficulty – emotional, physical, or financial – they want students to feel that they can overcome it. This couldn’t be more important than what we’re facing today with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. But how do we help navigate the disruptions, obstacles and discomfort?
Meg Nakamura, General Manager and International Liaison Officer at World Seido Karate Organization answers this question every day by being adaptable, inventive, supportive and providing an essential, safe outlet to students. “Our affiliate schools and students are our extended family,” said Nakamura. “We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure we have the safest precautions in place so we can continue in our practice. We put health and safety before business in deciding how to go on amidst the pandemic.”
One way Seido Karate has done this is by outfitting instructors and students with GO-Clips to make wearing a mask more comfortable, especially when pivoting to teach outside in the cold weather. “With mask straps attached to hats instead of their ears, the students are more comfortable, warmer from better fitting masks in the colder temperatures, and spending much less time adjusting their masks. The GO-Clips are helping us keep safe and concentrate on moves and meditation – not our masks.”
The founding belief of Seido Karate is training the body, mind and spirit to realize the fullness of human potential by following the philosophy of respect, love and obedience. Whether you’re a student, instructor or another small business trying to navigate this pandemic, we’d offer that wearing a mask is a small act of respecting one’s self and others. This,too, is good practice.
Seido is a global organization teaching students throughout the United States and the world (including Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America). For more information, follow Seido Karate on Facebook, @honbuseido or visit www.seido.com.