Status on Kim’s Academy Reopening

COVID-19 Precautions: Updated May 29, 2020

Kim’s Academy of Taekwondo is committed to the health and safety of all students and instructors. In an effort to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and promote social distancing, Kim’s Academy will adhere to Governor Kelly’s reopening plan, Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.

Governor Kelly has announced that the state plan will move into modified Phase 2 on May 22, and the Kim’s Academy Main School will resume classes for students enrolled at the Main School on Tuesday, May 26. Because of the size of the dojong, Grandmaster Kim will need to limit class sizes, for now, to 12 students. Students enrolled and attending the Main School should call to confirm there is room in a class. 

There will be NO CLASSES at the main school on Memorial Day, May 25.

Parents will be asked to remain in their cars, to allow space for students.  The number of training pads available for class will be limited.  Each time a training pad (focus pads, body shields, wave master, etc) is used, it will be required to be cleaned before the next class. Cleaning of the facility will need to occur between classes to limit the spread of the virus.  If you do NOT feel well, please stay home, even if you think you just have a cold.  Grand Master Kim is in the vulnerable age group, as are many Kim’s Academy instructors. 

Students who wish to wear masks, gloves, or other protective equipment, may do so. Hand sanitizer will be available but you are welcome to bring your own. Please check any announcements from the Governor regarding Phase 2 restrictions. 

 

Main School Restrictions

Regular Main School classes are for students enrolled at the Main School only. Please follow these restrictions when attending class.

  1. Class size limited to 12 people.
  2. No observers. Parents please wait outside the building.
  3. No changing facilities. Please arrive in your dobak. Locker Room is for restroom use only.
  4. Bring your own water bottle.

There will be an online sign-up for students who wish to attend Black Belt Class and Saturday Family Class. You MUST sign up in advance to attend these classes. Sparring Class will not resume at this time.

Black Belt Class (begins May 27) Sign Up Here

Family Class (begins May 23) Sign Up Here

For those students attending a branch school, you should watch for communication from the branch.  Since many of the branch schools are located in “host” facilities, such as churches and the YMCA, they will be required to adhere to the requirements of those locations. Some of these locations may not open classes immediately. Please contact your branch school for detailed information on health/distancing requirements to attend class. A list of known branch statuses is listed below.

Branch School Status

Branch School Status
Bel Aire Rec Center Classes are being held via Zoom through May and will start in-person classes in June.
Derby Rec Center – Oaklawn Classes start June 18.
Newton Rec Center Classes begin June 1st and only Monday/Wednesday 6pm-7pm will be offered until further notice.  Class size is limited to 10 students and will need to check-in at the front desk.  Additionally, students will only be able to pay single class drop-in fee until further notice.  (Information updated 05/29/20 @11pm).
All YMCA Facilities Will open May 18 but will NOT reopen Taekwondo classes at this time.

For information on branch schools not listed, please contact the branch directly.

 

Class Health Guidelines

Each student and family should make their own decision on attending classes. For those choosing to attend classes, please follow these guidelines.

  1. Do not attend class if you are sick or exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Wash or sanitize your hands before and after class, and at any class breaks.
  3. Do not shake hands. Instead, bow to other students/instructors.
  4. Cover your mouth if you cough, using your elbow if possible. Leave class to wash your hands if you need to cover your mouth with your hand.
  5. Wash your dobak or workout clothes after each class.

 

Visit the CDC website for further recommendations.
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community

The details of the Ad Astra Plan can be found at https://covid.ks.gov/ad-astra-a-plan-to-reopen-kansas/.

We look forward to seeing you in class as soon as possible.

Spring Cleaning at the Main School

Needing volunteer hours?  Need some extra funds to help pay for an upcoming taekwondo competition?  Or do you just want to give back to Kim’s Academy?  Then KABBA has a great opportunity for you!  KABBA will be sponsoring Spring Cleaning (early) for Kim’s Academy-Main Branch during February and March. 

Below are the dates and times available to help clean the Dojang.  Any participant can earn volunteer hours, up to 4 hours.  Or, for students who are competing in USAT National or State Championships in 2020, scholarship opportunities are available for helping with cleaning, under the organizer’s supervision. Students will receive a $25 voucher, for each hour of cleaning completed, toward tournament fees and expenses, up to $100 (as funds allow, and depending on the number of students who sign up to work). 

After the approved State or National competition, students should submit copies of their receipts for tournament expenses, along with their earned vouchers to the KABBA treasurer.  The treasurer will then reimburse the student, up to the amount earned. 

Volunteers will report to Meridith Gierhart for cleaning assignments.  She will sign off on volunteer hours and distribute vouchers.  Volunteers under 10 years old must have a parent to help with their cleaning duties. 

Allowable expenses for scholarship redemption include:

  • Tournament entry fee
  • Hotel expenses
  • Fuel expenses
  • Airfare
  • Meals while traveling

Sign-up dates and times:

  • Saturday, February 1st: 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Saturday, February 8th: 1:00 – 3:00 pm 
  • Saturday, March 7th: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

You do not have to be requesting volunteer hours or scholarship vouchers to help.  All volunteers are welcome!

Sign up easily using this link:

https://forms.gle/aTfYSWvz7e1CefhH8

Board Holding and Breaking Workshop

One of the requirements for passing a belt test is to perform a break of one or more boards using a foot or hand technique.  A successful break relies on understanding the proper breaking techniques.  Equally important is understanding the proper techniques for holding the boards.  Kim’s Academy is offering a workshop to demonstrate these techniques.

When:  Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:30pm
Location:  Kim’s Academy Main School, located at 1617 S. Longfellow in Wichita, KS
Cost: Free
Instructor:  Master Alicia Looney


This event is open to all Kim’s Academy students.  Instructors are encouraged to attend for the benefit of your students who may be attending and also to gain insight into helping students with board breaking in the future.  You can download a flier for the event here.

Black Belt Training Event – January 25th, 2020

Attention all Black Belts!

KABBA is pleased to announce the next training event that every Black Belt should find beneficial as they advance through Dan ranks.

When: Saturday, January 25th, at 11:00am – 04:00pm.
Where: Kim’s Academy Main School, 1617 South Longfellow

The cost is $5 (exact change only), but KABBA members get in free.  If you would to join KABBA, visit the KABBA page.  For questions or to reserve your spot, please RSVP to kabba.board@gmail.com.  You can also RSVP online using this link.  The following classes will be offered during the event:

Sparring Techniques – Master Ken Louis, 5th Dan Master Instructor
When is the right time to take a step back on the mat? When is the right time to try a back kick? If you don’t know, Master Louis will be sharing fundamentals of sparring and the most effective drills for instructors to help students practice footwork to move around the ring.

Korean Terminology – Grandmaster Joon Y. Kim, 9th Dan Grandmaster Instructor
Go beyond “charyiot “ and “joon-bi.” In this class, Grandmaster Kim will give an overview of Korean terms relating to taekwondo techniques.

Teaching Self-Defense – Sr. Master Dany Monares, 6th Dan Master Instructor
Not a Self-Defense skills class, but a chance to learn how to structure a class for the non martial arts person. Master Monares teaches.

Specialty Kicks – Mr. John Bozeki, 3rd Dan Instructor
Take your demo planning to the next level. Mr. Bozeki brings the “WOW” to this class that displays high-flying, super-rotating, viral video-making kicks. Along with teaching the techniques, the class will include direction to help instructors teach the moves to their students.

Running a test – Sr. Master Josh Mostowitz, 6th Dan Master Instructor
Do you know what the Masters up front want to see during a test? Curious about which techniques need to be ready when? Master Mostowitz will go over running a test, from basic to advanced techniques, and how to prepare students for a successful test experience.

You can download a flyer for the event here, and a summary of these classes is provided here.

Christmas Banquet 2019

Attention all Kim’s Academy Students!

It is that time of year again! The annual Kim’s Academy Christmas Banquet will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 6pm at Glenn Park Christian Church. The address is:

2757 South Glenn Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67217

Black belts will provide turkey & ham – please note we are still looking for 4 more turkeys and 3 hams for the banquet.  If you would be willing to bring a turkey or ham, please let Sr. Master Kraig Seglem know by sending him an email to kseglem@gmail.com.  The meat must be completely cooked and sliced; turkeys should be de-boned and sliced.

Everyone else is asked to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert. This is a great time to get together with our extended Kim’s Academy family. All Kim’s Academy students are welcome to attend and bring your family and friends. The flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

Friendship Tournament Corner Judge Training and Rules Review – Oct 27th

This training will be held on October 27th from 3:00 – 4:30pm.  All Black Belts are invited to attend! 
 
Master Caroline Park will hold a training session to review the sparring rules & corner judging for the Friendship Tournament.

Corner Judges will learn electronic trigger scoring and manual paper scoring. There will also be an opportunity for center referees to practice.

Videos to supplement this training are available online. http://www.kimsacademy.com/tournament-training-videos/

Friendship Tournament Referee and Judge Training – October 2nd

This training will be held at the end of black belt class on October 2nd from ~8:45 – 9:30pm.  All Black Belts are invited to attend! 

Master Caroline Park will hold a training session to review the sparring rules & referee hand signals for the Friendship Tournament.

This is a good opportunity for referees, judges, and coaches to learn the rules specific to our tournament, and there will be time for center referees to practice hand signals.

Videos to supplement this training are available online. http://www.kimsacademy.com/tournament-training-videos/  

Open Streets ICT Demos – 09/22/19

Kim’s Academy will once again be participating in Open Streets ICT, scheduled for September 22nd, 2019.  Open Streets ICT is a FREE community-building event that closes a usually busy street to traffic and opens it for biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga, and more!  All Wichitans are invited to join in the fun, and to stop at the local businesses, restaurants, street vendors, and the major activity hubs situated every mile along the route.

Kim’s Academy students will have several opportunities to get involved with demonstrations during the event:

  • 12:30p : Master Meinhardt will be holding Spirit Award practice in Delano at the roundabout.  The Spirit Award competition will occur at the Chili Cookoff being held on 09/28/19.
  • 1:30p : This demo will be performed by the Kim’s Academy Demo Team.  Students are encourage to show up and cheer them on!
  • 2:30p : This demo will be led by Master Hawkins at Clifton Square in College Hill.  It is open to all Kim’s Academy students.

If you have any questions please email kabba.board@gmail.com.