Letter from Shihan - the Future of USA Karate Academy

Dear USA Karate Academy Members, We sincerely hope that you, your family, and friends are well.  We recognize that the current State of Emergency for Washingtonians, our nation and people all over the globe are being severely impacted by COVID-19. While we have done all we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus within our own lives and within the walls of our karate school, we now must do our absolute best to abide by the Proclamation of our Governor and cease operations face to face with our students. Our staff with the help of our loyal Black Belts, Black Belt Club members, Program Manager Sensei Dane, and videographer Sensei Rob Harrill, have compiled a wide variety of training videos that can be accessed through our YouTube Channel. While we are unable to provide access to the physical space for training, meetings of more than 10 people, etc... the school's operational expenses must still be met. Your membership fees and monthly dues are the resources that keep our doors / program open. I humbly ask – if you are in any position to do so – to keep your memberships active and continue to pay monthly dues. And if that's not possible, email us at usakarateacademy@gmail.com as soon as you are able; we'll make adjustments to the best of our ability. If you are privileged enough to offer a little more – your dollars will go toward supplementing what laid off workers can't pay. Leadership in the Martial Arts Community We were one of the first dojos to take the threat of COVID-19 so seriously, that we began implementing CDC and WHO protocols as soon as we were aware of the risks. It. Is. Terrifying. Thinking that the dojo we've come to rely on for the well-being of our families and community may very well be lost. What is incredible: Seeing our community rally for themselves and others. Like all small businesses the mandated closures place us all at risk in losing our businesses. So, what is the future of USA Karate Academy? Honestly, I don't know. I do not know what we'll do if we lose USA Karate Academy. I don't know what my employees will do if we can't pay them, although it is my priority to do what I can to keep our team employed through this time. But I do know that our family, our dojo community, and the many people we've served through martial arts training has weathered countless ups and downs together. The ups have been more than the downs. We have always been blessed with the most amazing members and supporters. We are not only lucky, but we work hard and take care of each other. If anyone can survive this, USA Karate Academy can. So far, people are pulling together and want USA Karate Academy to be there when this is over. Those who can afford to pay are still paying.  Those who can are offering more support. If you are able to continue to support the dojo keeping your membership fees in tact, we will be able to keep offering the highest level of training we can, and we thank you in advance for your support. If you are in need of flexibility or help in any way, please let us know, and we will do all we can to be just as gracious as we can be. With gratitude,

Joni Sharrah

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