Class Schedule & Covid-19 Protocols

Again Offering In-Person Classes!

Vaccination Policy:
Because we are exercising hard and producing aerosols in an enclosed space, and because we also engage in grappling, wrestling, and throwing drills, we are requiring full vaccination to enter the studio.  Any of the available vaccines are fine.  We do need to see your vaccination card, but we will not record any information from it. And I will be happy to show my card on request. If you have a medical condition that specifically prohibits vaccination, and can provide documentation from a licensed MD, you may also attend. If you have religious or philosophical objections, or you are not comfortable with this policy, we do understand, and you may attend our outdoor class on Sundays, or seek another martial arts school for training. This policy is part of the studio’s overall commitment to safety in our practices, and to the health and well-being of our students, staff, their families, and out community.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available for ages 12 & up:  
The up-to-date list of vaccination clinics is here:
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics – Lane County
https://lanecounty.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=17388003

Fencing Masks:
Due to Covid-19 and what we have learned about transmissable disease, we are no longer providing loaner masks. We sell new fencing masks in the studio for cost ($65-$80), and will buy back at half price any mask within three months of purchase (should you decide not to continue); provided the mask is in good condition and was purchased from us for use in an introductory course. We will sterilize these masks for resale as used masks at half price one time only – we will not buy back any used mask. Sterilizing masks is difficult due to the extensive padding inside; it is nearly impossible to do on a regular basis.

Class Schedule:

In order to accommodate growing interest (for which we are very, very grateful as we try to rebuild the school!) and instructor availability, we need to make some changes to our schedule.
Starting Week of October 25:

CHANGE:  Youth Class moves to Monday at 6 pm (was Tuesday at 6 pm)
ONE TIME: Youth Class overlap Tuesday at 6 pm October 26 (to help with transition)
SAME: Fundamentals Class Wednesdays at 6 pm SAME TIME
SAME: Instructor’s Class Thursdays at 5:30 pm SAME TIME
SAME:  Advanced Class Freeplay Thursdays at 8:15 pm SAME TIME


Starting Week of November 1st:
ADD NEW: Fundamentals Class Tuesday at 6 pm New Class


November Schedule:
Mondays: Youth Armizare at 6pm – Rescheduled from Tuesdays
Tuesdays:
Fundamentals Course 6 – 7:15 pm – New Class
Advanced Class at 7:30 – 8:45 pm – New Class
Wednesdays:
Fundamentals Course 6 – 7:15 pm 
Thursdays:
Instructor Class 5:30 – 6:30 pm Advanced Class 6:45 – 8:15 pm
Advanced Class Freeplay 8:15 – ?? pm
Sundays:
Open Floor Training – November 7 10:30 am – Noon
Open Floor Training – November 21 10:30 am – Noon
Closures:
November 24-25 Closed for Thanksgiving
November 29 Closed for Hanukkah
December Schedule:
Mondays:
Youth Armizare at 6pm
Tuesdays:
Fundamentals Course 6 – 7:15 pm  Advanced Class at 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Wednesdays:
Fundamentals Course 6 – 7:15 pm 
Thursdays:
Instructor Class 5:30 – 6:30 pm Advanced Class 6:45 – 8:15 pm
Advanced Class Freeplay 8:15 – ?? pm
Sundays:
Open Floor Training – December 5 10:30 am – Noon
Open Floor Training – December 19 10:30 am – Noon
Closures & Special Sessions:
Christmas and New Year’s fall on the weekends, so no closures or reschedules are needed!

Going Forward

We are living in a time of considerable uncertainty, and considerable stress. Exercise and martial arts can help us relieve that stress. Armizare was born in the era of the Black Death, a plague that devastated Europe, particularly Italy, in Fiore’s youth and paid periodic visitations for centuries to come. We never expected to find ourselves in a modern global pandemic, but here we are. During this time, it’s important that we all have the ability to focus on our physical and mental well-being. Both physical exercise and intellectual engagement are critical parts of our overall health.

We will have to be flexible in our approach. I still expect that over the next couple of years we will have periods of greater and lesser restrictions on movement and activities. If more people were willing to be vaccinated this would probably not be the case, but unfortunately we are unlikely to reach community immunity on a national level. Northwest Fencing Academy will use a combination of live classes, online classes, and online courses to build a useful and meaningful training program that we can all follow. We will have to plan strategically, we will have to be flexible, and be nimble as well – but that’s really what martial arts is all about, when you get right down to it.
-Sean Hayes