The last month has seen the world turned upside down by the Coronavirus, COVID-19, and BMAC has been no exception. March started with Martin joining the black belt ranks and ended with the club on-hold, much like the rest of the world.
For a group of people who enjoy training and physical activity, the suspension of club activities and guidance to stay home is starting to result in cabin fever. Just what can we do to keep us active, kept us sane and keep connected with the BMAC family?
Technology to the rescue! The black belt group got together on a video conference to discuss ides on what we could do whilst we can’t practise together.
We have been filming a series of short individual videos focusing on a number of different areas. So far these have included strikes, defending, bo work, kata and movement. These videos serve as a reference and a good opening for questions when you don’t have any training partners to work with. It also gets our grey matter working as we try to think how to demonstrate the skill, film and explain it.
It’s interesting to see what we all come up with, which has included a musical number (everybody was kung fu fighting…) and my attempts to simulate ground work with a chair. You just never know when you’ll need to defend yourself against furniture.
We’ve also used a survey to ask our members if there are any specific skills they would like to see demonstrated or questions they would like answered. It might not be ideal but if anyone has a burning question on our practise this is a good chance to get it answered (hopefully!).
These videos are available to all of our members. When you join BMAC you get access to a members section on this website and Facebook where we regularly upload videos on different practices.
All of this is to keep us moving whilst the Coronavirus impacts on everyday life. It’s not ideal but if everyone follows the advice from the NHS (https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19), we’ll hopefully be back practising together sooner rather than later.
Enjoy the videos, keep moving and stay safe everyone!
Scott has been training in Shoto Budo since 2007 and is a 1st Dan Black Belt. He is working towards his 2nd Dan grading.