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Don't Come To Class Sick

This applies to my students. Different dojo might handle the issue differently.

It is important that students not come to class when ill with a cold, flu, pinkeye, chickenpox, or other sickness. It is good to want to train, but it is more important to get better and not get the other students sick.

One sick students can make many other students sick and those students can in turn make their families, classmates, co-workers, neighbors, etc. sick as well.

Students should think about others and be considerate.

For children, if you are feeling ill, tell your parents that I recommended that you not come to class until you are better. They can always call me. Like I said, it is good to want to train but more important to get better first.

Rigorous training can make a sick student even more sick. In a weakened condition, the student might be more likely to become injured or to injure another student.

If a sick students comes to class, I will just have to call the parents or guardians to come pick them up. I will not allow a sick student to train.

With global concerns about bird flu, we all have to be very careful. After class, it is important for students to go home and wash their hands with soap or other sanitizers. You should not eat until you have washed your hands thoroughly. You can't see germs, but they are there.

And if you have become sweaty during training, you should change into dry clothes before you leave the dojo. You should not wear a wet gi home because you can catch a chill, particularly in an air conditioned car. You should always bring an extra t-shirt. I carry two or three in my car at all times.

Remember that students should not wear their gi top and belt outside of the dojo.

Be safe and be healthy. Be considerate of other students by not coming to class when you are sick. Get better and come to class when you are fully recovered. That way we can all stay healthy.


Charles C. Goodin