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The state of New Jersey issued an executive order Monday allowing the resumption of indoor sports classified as medium and high-risk during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes martial arts like judo, karate and taekwondo, which can resume practice with certain restrictions in place.

Indoor contact sports had been allowed since late July but with only limited, non-contact drilling permitted under the state guidelines. Under the new orders normal contact practice is allowed but attendance is limited to 25% of a room's capacity or 25 people, whichever number is lower.

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I'm a martial artist on lockdown, so now what?

Who didn't have big plans for 2020? Didn't we all enter January thinking, "This is the year I get serious about (insert your martial art discipline here.)!" 2020 was going to be THE year! And then, the sad trombone of the pandemic played its mocking tune, and that was that.

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Supporters of muay Thai staged a protest outside Thailand's Tourism and Sports Ministry Monday in an effort to force the government to allow the resumption of boxing competitions around the country. While fights in major stadiums have been allowed to resume without the presence of a live audience, smaller promotions across the country have been prevented from staging matches due to lockdown conditions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The protest, led by Nuttadej Vachirarattanawong, the director of the Petchyindee Muay Thai Academy, requested the government ease the lockdown further to relieve the burden of people in the provinces who make their living from the boxing industry. Nuttadej said promoters are willing to work within government guidelines and are not asking for live spectators to be allowed at the fights.

Aleksandra Knepper: 3rd Degree Black Belt, Sensei

As you read in Part I of this series, it's important to double down on weekly virtual interaction with your student base to foster engagement and to stay top of mind. Our material and 'bonus' videos were important but providing consistent communication with a black belt a student respects and admires is equally as impactful, if not more so.

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The prestigious open martial arts tournament has cancelled their event amid COVID-19 concerns, joining many other martial arts events impacted by the pandemic.

In a press release issued on July 29th, the organizing body of the tournament, JLB Productions, announced the official cancellation of the 43rd Annual Diamond National Karate Championships. The world-renowned event was originally scheduled for October 29-31, 2020. With this year's installment of the event cancelled, the next Diamond Nationals will take place from October 7-9, 2021. In the press release, JLB Productions explained that "normal operational activities are no longer possible at this time" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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