Hello everyone, GOOD NEWS!!


It is wonderful to be able to reach out to you and share Aikido Takayama’s Dojo re-opening plan. As the number of COVID cases in BC continue to decline and the number of people in BC that are getting vaccinated increases, it makes it possible for us to reopen the Dojo for all classes and all members - adults and youth as of July 5th, 2021.


We will be following the regulations set forth by the provincial health officer (PHO) and the BCCDC and the direction within the BC Restart plan which you can find here:


At present (July 1st) the provincial guidelines put us at step 3 of the BC reopening plan. As such - The Dojo will fully open for in-person classes and normal class availability. The teachers and assistant instructor have had their vaccinations. See the ATS website and schedule for details here:


Members and new members not yet fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask during class and;


Please see below for the BC provinces details on activities in the step 3 guidelines.

Step 3:

PHO guidance

  • Masks are recommended in public indoor settings
  • Engage in careful social contact
  • If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately


New things you can do

Personal gatherings
  • Return to usual for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings
  • Sleepovers
Organized gatherings
  • Increased capacity at both indoor and outdoor organized gatherings with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place
  • Fairs and festivals can operate with a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place
  • Canada-wide recreational travel
  • No group limit for indoor and outdoor dining
  • Liquor service restrictions lifted
  • Bingo halls, casinos and nightclubs can operate with a limited capacity

Businesses must operate based on a new sector COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Offices and workplaces
  • Continued return to the workplace
  • Seminars and bigger meetings allowed

Workplaces must operate based on a new sector COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Sports and exercise
  • All indoor fitness classes allowed, usual capacity
  • Limited indoor spectators allowed

We have started the intake for youth classes, which will be starting again on September 14th 2021. We are excited to be part of your child's return to normal and help them to feel comfortable amongst their peers as we know they too have experienced anxiety and stress as a result of this pandemic.


Similar for adult classes, The Dojo re-opening is an opportunity to sign-up and guarantee a spot in September, however all classes are in session starting July 5th, so adults are able to join any time. Aikido helps to develop balance and harmony in ones being and spirit. Shed the pandemic blues by joining our aikido community and “toughen the body, strengthen the mind, and polish the spirit” - Morihei Ueshiba


We are looking forward to seeing you back on the mats anytime now.


Stay tuned, via FB and the ATS website for regular updates and or changes to the plans and for programming updates for adult and youth - like our upcoming Woman’s Self Defence session led by ATS’s Chief Instructor and 5th Dan Aikido Instructor, Norine Longmire-Aarons.


“Be Calm, Be Kind, and Stay Safe” - Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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