Manitoulin School of Martial Arts goes virtual

Shihan Dan has turned to online classes for the Manitoulin School of Martial Arts over the past three weeks, teaching 45-minute classes every Wednesday evening for beginner and advanced belts.

MANITOULIN – During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Manitoulin School of Martial Arts has had to adapt its method of teaching the martial arts and become more familiar with technology and virtual platforms. 

Shihan Dan has been hosting karate classes using the Zoom app for the past three weeks and the response has been overwhelming. Shihan Dan  has had to split the classes in two: one for beginners (white, yellow, orange) and one for advanced belts (green, blue, brown and black). 

Classes are hosted on Wednesdays (from Shihan Dan’s living room) at 6 pm and 7 pm for approximately 45 minute sessions. 

“We have suspended all tuition payments during this time as well to help families out,” Shihan Dan explained. “We wanted to provide classes to keep our students interested and engaged, give them something physical to do at home, and have something to look forward to during the week. We have also invited guest instructors from Sudbury and Toronto to teach and train with us.” 

Unfortunately, belt gradings have been postponed because it’s hard to judge performance and strength through a computer screen. 

If anyone is interested in participating in karate from the comfort of your own home, you can email Shihan Dan at renshidanf@gmail.com.