Karate program resumes next week at Earl Bales Community Centre

We are glad to announce that we are resuming our Karate training indoor. Our regular location, Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre, will go under construction for major renovation until Spring of 2022. In the meantime, our training will continue at Earl Bales Community Centre – 4169 Bathurst St, North York, ON M3H 3P7

Due to the upcoming Federal election, we will have a special schedule for the first three weeks in the month of September:

Tuesday, September 7Room 3 – Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, no youth/adults class,

Thursday, September 9 – Room 3 – Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, no youth/adults class,

Tuesday, September 14, – Room 3 – Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, no youth/adults class,

Wednesday, September 15 – Room 1 – Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, Youth/adults (13+) 7.50 pm – 9 pm,

Friday, September 17 – Room 1 – Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, Youth/adults (13+) 7.50 pm – 9 pm,

Tuesday, September 21 – Room 3 – Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, no youth/adults class,

Wednesday, September 22 – Room 1 – Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, Youth/adults (13+) 7.50 pm – 9 pm,

Friday, September 24 – Room 1 – Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, Youth/adults (13+) 7.50 pm – 9 pm.

Starting from Monday, September 27 we will go into our regular Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule in Room 1 all groups and times: Kinder Karate (4-6 years old) 6 pm – 6.40 pm, Kids Karate (7-12 years old) 6. 45 pm – 7.45 pm, Youth/adults (13+) 7.50 pm – 9 pm.

We will observe same Covid-19 protocols as before, with only exception that masks will not be required during training if the distance between students will be maintained at 2 meters. In all other cases, when work in pairs or go to washroom or come and go to from class, mask will be mandatory on.

March 2021 Promotions

With all the lockdown etc, we almost forget to announce that at the end of March we had a few promotions.

Abdullah Onay8 Kyu (Yellow Belt with one green stripe);

Darina Stoitchkova2 Kyu (Brown Belt with one black stripe);

Max Atanelli2 Kyu (Brown Belt with one black stripe);

Stoyan ChalamanovShodan (Black Belt).

Congratulations and hope for more in the near future!

Start of Kids outside training from Monday, June 14, 2021

Starting from Monday June 14, 2021 we are switching our Kids training to outside one, as per government allowance. Training sessions will start at 6.30 pm and will go until 7.20 pm approximate. Location will be on site of Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre (Arena) our main location – 580 Finch Ave West – https://maps.google.com/maps?z=16&q=580%2Bfinch%2Bave%2Bwest%2C%2Btoronto%2C%2Bontario%2C%2Bm2r%2B1n7 On the right side from Centre closer to Library. Before start of training parents will have to submit COVID-19 declaration online as we did in the Fall – https://yorkcentrekarate.com/covid-19-declaration/

Uniform must be Summer one (t-shirt and uniform pants or shorts), with shoes, please bring a sunhat, bottle of water and face towel.

Students should have and wear a mask when they arrive (as well as accompanying parents) and should have in the bag a pair of gloves (if you have Karate one, if not vinyl or rubber disposable one). If you have a yoga or sport mat, please bring it with you too.

Students should comply with all COVID rules, keep 3m distance etc.

I should also remind you that starting from July we will have a reduced schedule (only Monday and Wednesday) and Summer training will end on Wednesday, August 18 (July and August is considered as one month). Hope to see you in person soon.

Due to recent lockdown in City of Toronto, our training sessions back online

As per Friday announcement, our access to facility was already 3rd time this year forbade.

Our training sessions will get on Zoom.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Kids: 7.35 pm till 8.15 pm

Youth and Adults: 8.20 pm till 9.00 pm (9.10 pm).

Hopefully that will end after December 20, 2020 (as current order is set until that time).

Anyone interested please contact me about details of Zoom session.

Karate practice is back on site starting from Friday October 16, 2020

Sport of Karate classes are back on premises for individual training only, without any fitness component (strictly Karate training ) in according with previous schedule

Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre (Arena). 1. 4 to 6 years old 5.45 pm – 6.20 pm; 2. 7 to 12 years old 6.35 pm – 7.35 pm; 3. 13 and up 7.50 pm – 9.10 pm. 

Mandatory COVID-19 practice https://yorkcentrekarate.com/2020/10/01/important-mandatory-covid-19-practice-from-october-5th-2020/ will be enforced, as well masks, maintaining distance and frequent disinfection and sanitizing will be mandatory.

High Performance Sport of Karate training will be continued on Thursdays at Earl Bales Community Centre

In person programs closed by City of Toronto until the end of 2020, we will continue ONLINE

As per City of Toronto directive all sports activities programs are suspended in City of Toronto Community Centers until December 21st, 2020. So we will have to cancel our in person training and get back to online classes with the similar schedule on Zoom.

Karate training is Monday, Wednesday and Friday:
4-6 years old – 6.00 pm to 6.40 pm
7-12 years old – 6.45 pm to 7.45 pm
13+ – 7.50 pm to 9.00 pm

If you are existing member you will get a message with a link shortly. If you are new member and willing to try our online classes please contact us and we will give you access to our classes.

IMPORTANT: Mandatory COVID-19 practice from October 5th, 2020

Contactless Registration and Payments

For REGISTRATION: Using a computer, you can now go to https://yorkcentrekarate.com/registration-for-york-centre-karate-programs/  and download one of appropriate packages:

kids https://yorkcentrekarate.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/york_centre_karate_child_registration_package-1.pdf or

adults https://yorkcentrekarate.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/york_centre_karate_adult_registration_package.pdf  

Print, fill out and sign at home; you can scan and send them to us by email to york.centre.karate@gmail.com or bring it in person before start of training. Thus, minimizing physical contact.

Preferred method of remote PAYMENT will be eTransfer to yckpayments@gmail.com (please keep in mind payment must be completed before first training session of each month).

Other way of remote payment is Paypal https://paypal.me/torontosuiken?locale.x=en_US  or you can make a transfer on Paypal to olegr73@yahoo.com.

Limited groups

At this time our groups will be limited to 8 (maximum 9) students and 1 instructor.

When to Stay Home

If you or someone in your home have signs/symptoms of illness of any kind such as fever, cough, headaches, loss of smell, etc… Please stay at home and contact your CoVid-19 Assessment Centre. 

Your household must be free of illness for 14 days before you can enter the dojo. 

Before coming to class

Before coming to class, from computer or mobile device please conduct assessment through online form https://yorkcentrekarate.com/covid-19-declaration/

Or you can download, print, fill out, sign and bring to training session paper form from https://yorkcentrekarate.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/covid-19-screening-checklist.pdf

At arrival we will take temperature (if possible) and will take contact information from all persons entering dojo for tracing.

Arrive in Your Uniform

Access to changing rooms is closed until Ontario’s “State of Emergency” has been lifted.

Please arrive in your uniform and be ready to start class on time. There is a 5 minutes window before class when you won’t be crossing paths with the students of the prior class. Please bring your own water bottle filled with water.

Use of non marking shoes or other feet covering like dancing shoes, water socks etc is mandatory.

Staggered Class Arrival and Exit

Arrive 5 minutes before the start of class. At the end of class athletes and parents must leave the dojo with 5 minutes after bowing out. This procedure helps to prevent crossing each other on the staircase. 

Physical Distancing

At any time, any person inside dojo must maintain 6 feet or 2 meters distance. As per guidelines of our public health and Karate Canada, we designated training pods (shown by cones on all 4 corners) to accommodate individuals and families. Each pod of 2 square meters or more is further separated by another 2 meters for instructors.

No spectators allowed in the class, except for adult who is accompanying minor for training. However, that person will not be able to stay in the same room as training session is taking place  and will have to keep physical distance and facemask all the time.

No socializing allowed before, during or after training sessions, neither for instructors students nor accompanying persons.

Face Masks and Facial Coverings and other guidelines

For the health of our community, York Centre Karate will comply with our local mask and face covering by-laws and will continue to adapt as we learn more about CoVid-19.

  1. All persons inside premises (that include entrance, exit, stairs etc) must wear mask
  2. Only students can take their mask off inside their pod, only if they have medical condition and only during training. Please bring a bag to keep your mask inside during training. If you leave your pod you must wear mask again, for example to go to washroom.
  3. We encourage you to use provided sanitizer after removing mask and try do not touch face as much as possible.
  4. Equipment cannot be shared between students unless it was sanitized between each use.

Sanitizing the Dojo

Before the start of classes each day, we will try to clean as much as possible.

Between classes, the door handles and equipment will be sprayed and/or wiped down with a disinfectant.

After classes, the dojo will be cleaned.

Online Karate Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays

You can now participate remotely at home or on vacation by taking advantage of option of online Zoom viewing of our scheduled classes.  Classes will be available only on Monday and Wednesday.

To be able to connect to Zoom session you will have to request Zoom session link and password (password will be changed every month). Also you must confirm your connection to Zoom session at least 5 minutes before start of class, otherwise if no requests available, Zoom session will not be started.

IMPORTANT: Our Programs will resume on Monday, October 5th, 2020

It is great pleasure to announce that our programs will resume on Monday October 5th, 2020. It will be in accordance with previously announced tentative schedule. Also Monday and Wednesday Karate training will be held in parallel online on Zoom.

Our comeback to training will be based on 2 documents attached here Ontario Karate Federation one and Karate Canada one.

We will inform at later date what exactly will have to do our members. For now just make yourself familiar with documents

For our members and aspiring members: Latest news on our programs on September 5, 2020

Our partner York Centre Karate is working closely with Toronto Parks to reopen our programs in our usual locations. At the moment they assured us that facilities will reopen, it is just unclear when that will happen. Most likely after schools will reopen. Update (Sept 5, 2020): opening on Monday October 5th, 2020

We will have after reopening same Karate programs (with a bit less class times to adjust for COVID-19 requirements): 1. 4 to 6 years old – 40 minutes 3 times per week; 2. 7 to 12 years old – 1 hour 3 times per week; 3. 13 and up 80 minutes 3 times per week. We are working to keep same schedule Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Herbert H. Carnegie Centennial Centre (Arena).

Tentative schedule:

1. 4 to 6 years old: 5.40 pm – 6.20 pm;

2. 7 to 12 years old: 6.35 pm – 7.35 pm;

3. 13 and up: 7.50 pm – 9.10 pm.

Also for members convenience some Karate classes on Monday and Wednesday will be available same time virtually on Zoom (if you will not be able to come that day).

High performance Karate program will be at Earl Bales CC on Thursday (1 hour training).

Please stay tuned for other announcements. As we will share our comeback to training protocol with you before starting training.