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Practice in the Park

posted Jun 7, 2020, 2:51 PM by Minnesota Ki Society   [ updated Sep 26, 2020, 8:58 AM by Jonathan Poppele ]
As we move toward summer, we will be gathering for informal practice in the park in place of some of our online evening classes.

Since the beginning of physical distancing measures last spring, understanding of the spread of the novel coronavirus has continued to develop. It is becoming increasingly clear that most transmission is happening indoors where people are either in close proximity or sharing space for extended periods of time. Transmission outdoors appears to be extremely rare. For an excellent discussion of this, check out this widely shared blog post by Erin Bromage, a professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease at Dartmouth. Marty Makary of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health put it this way to the New York Times: “The outdoors is not only good for your mental state, it’s also a safer place than indoors.” Many experts are now promoting moving typically indoor activities outdoors—while wearing masks and maintaining physical distance.

Here are the details:

What: Gatherings will focus on movement, beginning with joint mobility and proceeding to Jo and Bokken practice -- which naturally supports social distancing!

When: Sundays 2:00 - 3:30pm; Wednesdays & Fridays 6:00 - 7:30pm (updated 9/27)

Where: South St, Anthony Park, located near the dojo at 890 Cromwell Ave, St Paul, MN 55114
Click here for Google map and directions
We are meeting in the eastern corner of the park.

What to Bring:
I encourage you to dress in workout pants and a t-shirt, what we call "Training Clothes" at Ki Society HQ. Gi and hakama are not ideally suited to practice on grass or to commuting, and there is nowhere to change. Please wear whatever you feel are appropriate foot coverings for moving about on grass in a public park where people walk their dogs and where the lighting is poor. Please bring a Jo & Bokken if you have them. We will have weapons available for you to borrow for class or to take home on long-term loan. Finally, please wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth.

Changes due to Weather:
With a shift to outdoor gatherings, we may move a class back online in the event of rain or other inclement weather. We will send out email and text notifications using by 4:00pm (at least two hours before practice). Notifications will also appear on the Minnesota Ki Society Facebook page. To sign up for notifications, either:

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