Classes inside the Dojo
Classes meet inside the dojo. The only areas of the dojo that are accessible are the lobbies and main training floor.
Reservations are required. Because each class is limited to six students, we will require that you reserve a space in the class ahead of time. Our online reservation system can be found here: Class Reservation System
We have installed a medical grade air filtration system: We have purchased two IQair filtration systems. The IQAir HealthPro Plus features HyperHEPA filtration technology for superior airborne particle removal. IQAir’s HyperHEPA filtration is tested and certified by an independent third-party lab to effectively filter 99.5% of harmful ultrafine pollution particles down to 0.003 microns in size. This is 100 times smaller than what is achieved with ordinary air filtration technology and 10 times smaller than a virus. You can find more information on this system here: IQair features
Window fans: We will have large window fans operating to bring in outside air. We will use the fans for as long as the weather permits.
Social distancing required: We will maintain at least six feet between students at all times during class. This is the main reason for the limited class sizes. As we get more comfortable with this restriction we may change the class sizes.
Masks required: A mask must be worn at all times in the dojo. This includes during, before and after classes.
Hand Sanitizer: A hand sanitizer dispenser is available at the entrance to the dojo. All students must use the sanitizer upon entry.
Bring your own water: The water dispenser is no longer available. Please bring your own water or other drinks to the dojo.
Dojo cleaning between classes: We will clean and sanitize the dojo between classes.
The locker rooms and restrooms are not opened. Come already dressed for class. The locker rooms and showers will not be available. The restrooms are for emergencies only.
Regularly scheduled classes. We will expand our dojo classes over the next couple of months. How much we add will be determined by safety and participation from students. The most current schedule can be found here: Class Schedule
Class sizes are limited. At this time, the class sizes are limited to six students per class. This is to comply with the State of Minnesota rules and to allow for social distancing.
No visitors. We don’t allow visitors to watch the class. This includes parents whose child is in the class.
The classes are open to all levels. Until we have opened to a full schedule, all classes are open to all levels. Over time we will adjust our classes for different levels.
Live Streaming will continue. We have many students that are not yet comfortable practicing with others in a class. Because of this, we will continue offering Live Streaming classes for the foreseeable future. MKA of St Paul members that have paid their monthly membership will receive links to join the karate classes. Yoga classes are available to those with current class cards, and individual classes for yoga are available as well.
Live Stream Classes
For members only. The link to join each class will be email to members. To pay your dues go to http://mwkarate.com/billpay/
Software you will need. We use Zoom to live stream the class. When you click on the link, the Zoom software will automatically load. You do not need a Zoom account to participate. You may need to tell the Zoom software to connect to your audio when you first join.
Equipment you will need. Here is a summary of equipment you can use.
- Laptop computer: This is the best solution, if you have one. Most modern laptops have a camera and microphone, plus the big screen makes it much easier to see the instructors.
- Cell phone: This can be the simplest solution. A cell phone already has a camera and microphone built in. The biggest problem is the small screen size. Make sure you are using a WiFi connection. Otherwise, the class will use a tremendous amount of your data.
- Tablet: Most tablets work similar to a cell phone, but the screen is bigger.
- Desktop Computer: Most times a desktop computer doesn’t have a camera or microphone. This means that you can watch and hear the instructors, but they won’t see you. It’s possible to add a webcam to any computer relatively cheaply at places like Best Buy or Amazon.
You can turn your camera off. If you don’t want anyone to see you when you get online, use the video icon to turn off your camera.
You can join the session before the scheduled time. We are usually online about 10 minutes early. This will give you time to chat with the Sensei’s and others in the class. This is a good time to address any questions or concerns you may have. If you don’t have the time or space to train, you are welcome to visit before or after class.
Gallery View. Before and after class everyone visits, just like at the dojo. If you want to see everyone that has joined that days class, you can switch to gallery view. On a computer the button is in the top right hand of the screen. For a cell phone, slide the screen to the right. This part of the session gets edited out of the final video. When the class begins switch back to speaker view, that will give you a full screen view of the instructors.
You need a password to join. The password required to join a session emailed to members
Be ready to train. Get your gi on and train with us. If are only there to watch, please turn your camera off once the class begins.
Student audio is muted during class. We need to do it this way so that sensei’s video is the only one that shows in the recording. After the practice, we will turn the audio back on for a Q & A.
Videos can be downloaded and saved. When you click the link to watch a previously recorded class, you will have the option to download the video and save it to your computer. We will keep the videos available online for about two weeks.
Only the Sensei will be visible in the recorded video. We will edit out the before and after class chatter.
About Midwest Karate of St Paul
The Midwest Karate Association is a traditional Shotokan Karate dojo recognized by the Japan Karate Association and the American Amateur Karate Federation. Our instructors, Sensei Joel Ertl, 6th dan and Sensei Anita Bendickson, 5th dan, are internationally respected instructors. Sensei’s Ertl and Bendickson have each been teaching karate for over 30 years.
Midwest Karate Association of St Paul is affiliated with Midwest Karate Association of Minneapolis. The Minneapolis school, under the direction of Sensei Robert Fusaro, 9th Dan, is one of the oldest dojo’s in the country.
The Midwest Karate Association of St Paul is located in St Paul, Minnesota. It is conveniently located on 7th Street in St Paul’s east side. Visitors are welcome to observe any class.
Traditional Japanese karate is a martial art that develops core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and mental concentration. The goals of Karate training include self-defense, physical fitness, confidence, competition, and fun. Our dojo is known for the friendly discipline of our classes and for detailed attention to form. We have classes for all ages and skill levels, and we welcome all new students. Whether you are looking for fitness, self-defense, or meeting other active people, call us today.