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Next Testing


Little Dragons Program

TBD 2020 10:00 am
(Please arrive no later than 9:30 am to practice and warm up.)

Future Black Belt Club and Black Belt Club Programs

TBD 2020 10:00 am
(Please arrive no later than 9:30 am to practice and warm up.)

Upcoming Events


TBD 2020 –

USA Taekwondo Kansas State Championships Logo

2020 Kansas State Taekwondo Championships

 

Will Shield’s 68 Inside Sports
Overland Park, KS

Sparring socks MUST be purchased in advance. Here is an online retailer that sells them at a reasonable price: https://www.tkdscore.com/m5/Gen1%20E-Foot–gen1-e-foot-gear-grey-version-4.html. Registration for the Tournament is now open at the USAT Website:  https://www.usat.hangastar.com/Login.aspx. You will have to create an account if you have not done so already.

 

July 11, 2020 –

Sunflower State Games

 

Stormont Vail Events Center
Topeka, KS

SSG Website Registration is now open!
This is a mixed competition with Karate. Sparring competition follows Karate rules, not Olympic style sparring. Please see GMK instructors for more information regarding this event.

 

November 13 & 14, 2020 –

World Class Taekwondo Logo

Tae Park Taekwondo National Tournament and Testing

 

Grand Rapids Community College | Ford Fieldhouse
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Details forthcoming…

 

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We are now in Week 10 of temporary closure of the Bonner Springs Family YMCA and therefore, Grand Master Kim’s Taekwondo, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we have started to receive information from the Kansas City YMCA regarding their reopening plans, we thought that now would be a good time to provide you with some updates about our programs and instructors.

First and foremost, the safety of all YMCA members and group activity participants is the most important consideration in reopening the YMCA centers. Further, the YMCA must follow the gradual phase-out of Executive Order restrictions mandated by Governor Laura Kelly in Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas as well as the safety guidance provided by Wyandotte County Unified Government’s ReStartWyCo Road to Recovery. The timing of relaxing of restrictions is determined by meeting milestones and is not tied to a specific timetable, so reopening dates for Kansas YMCA facilities are still not set. Once they are set, realize that they may change, even multiple times, so please have flexibility and understanding.

What do we know at this point? According to the YouTube video posted by John Mikos regarding the YMCA’s phased reopening plan, there will be reduced operating hours, length of stay will be restricted to one-hour for members, there will be occupancy limits, health screening upon entering the facility, and a minimum age requirement of 16 to access the YMCA facilities during the first phase of reopening. Also, many group programs will not be available in the first phase of the YMCA’s plan. An email was sent to all YMCA members including detailed information about the reopening plan. Since not all GMKTKD students are YMCA members, a copy was emailed to current students. This means that Taekwondo classes are not included in the first phase of the reopening plan. We have not heard from the YMCA regarding the plans for their second phase or the milestones that must be met to proceed from the first phase.

The GMK instructors have also discussed trying to teach Taekwondo classes via an online learning platform. Unfortunately, the technical requirements and logistics of making this happen are too much to overcome at this time. We are, however, available for questions. Please call us at 913-667-0199 and leave a voicemail or email us at gmktkd1@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you via email or at a phone number and suggested time of day that you provide. Please realize that instructors may be calling you from their mobile phones and caller ID information may or may not be available. In the meantime, continue to practice at home using the Student Reference or Little Dragon Reference resources from the Grand Master Kim’s Taekwondo website. You should all be able to see information up to and including your (or your child’s) current belt level. If you need any assistance with your username and password, please email us at gmktkd1@gmail.com.

We hope to get back to classes this summer and look forward to seeing all of you at that time.
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Wyandotte County Issues New Public Health Order Requiring Residents to Stay at Home Except for Essential NeedsMayor David Alvey today announced that the Chief Medical Officer of the Unified Government issued a Public Health Order requiring residents to remain in place, with the only exception being essential needs. This measure is needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Wyandotte County.

The Order is effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, as of 12:00 AM and remains in effect until Thursday, April 23, 2020, or until it is extended and is available along with other information at wycokck.org/COVID-19.

According to Chief Medical Officer Allen Greiner, “It is critical to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to do this is to stay 6 feet or more away from everyone possible– even if they do not have symptoms that include a fever, cough and shortness of breath. If we don’t act, the virus can spread very easily. Sometimes people who have the virus don’t know it. If you are close to someone like this, they can infect you and many others. This is why we must follow the public health order for everyone to stay at home.”

Dr. Greiner continued, “This public health order to stay at home is being issued to slow the rate of community spread of COVID-19 through intensified social distancing. Without such efforts, it is estimated that each COVID-19 positive patient could infect between 2.6 to 4 additional people.

You may have heard that slowing the spread means “flattening the curve”. The curve is a way to show the number of people who have the virus at any point in time. People will still get the virus, but we need to help doctors and hospitals take care of them. If we work together to slow the spread, we can protect ourselves, our families and our Wyandotte County community. For up-to-date information, go to wycokck.org/COVID-19.” concluded Dr. Greiner.

“Today’s order by the Unified Government’s Chief Medical Officer for residents to Stay at Home is unprecedented. However, these are extraordinary times and we must take these types of preventive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 within our community,” said Mayor/CEO David Alvey. “This health order will have a disruptive effect on our day-to-day lives, but we are hopeful that the steps we take today will mitigate the spread, protect our vulnerable populations, and save lives in coming weeks.”

The Order directs all residents to remain at their place of residence, except to conduct Essential Activity (defined below). Individuals may leave their residence only to perform an Essential Activity. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are urged to stay in their residence except as necessary to seek medical care. Individuals who are sick may leave their residence only as necessary to seek or receive medical care in accordance with guidance from public health officials. Everyone shall practice social distancing while performing essential activities by remaining at least 6 feet of distance from everyone other than household members.

All businesses and operations in Wyandotte County, except Essential Businesses as defined below, are required to cease all activities. For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home).

Essential Activity
People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except as necessary to seek medical care.

Essential activities are activities or tasks essential to an individual’s health or safety or the health and safety of their family or household members. These activities include:

Obtaining medicine or seeing a doctor or other health care provider

Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, such as food, pet food, and supplies necessary for staying at home

Obtaining supplies necessary for maintaining a household

Obtaining supplies necessary for working from home

Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running

Performing work providing essential services at an Essential Business

Caring for a family member in another household

Caring for the elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons

Essential Businesses
Essential businesses are organizations that provide the goods or services needed for an essential activity. These include:

Hospitals

Childcare facilities

Government operations

Pharmacies, health care supply stores, and health care facilities

Grocery stores

Gas stations and auto repair facilities

Garbage collection

Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses

Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;

Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers

Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, and goods directly to residences;

Residents who believe they may have COVID-19 should call their primary healthcare provider. Residents may also self-report symptoms online at wycokck.org/COVID-19.

Resources provided by the Unified Government include:

wycokck.org/COVID-19: contains UG news releases on COVID-19 and a list of resources to learn more

The Wyandotte County Help Line is available to residents at 3-1-1 for those with questions.

In addition, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has also set up a hotline at 866-534-3463.
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Wyandotte County Issues New Public Health Order Requiring Residents to Stay at Home Except for Essential Needs

The Kansas City YMCA has extended the closure of Y centers through April 5th. This means our Taekwondo programs will not be able to hold classes until at least Monday, April 6th. Stay safe and practice at home. We will continue to provide updates here and through emailed communications.

Here is the message sent out to YMCA members by President and CEO John Mikos:
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The CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

In addition, Leavenworth County and Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Departments to practice social distancing for the next several weeks. As such, Basehor-Linwood USD 458 has made the decision to suspend classes for the coming week following spring break. Bonner Springs / Edwardsville USD 204 and Kansas City Kansas USD 500 have suspended all sports practices during Spring Break. We believe that additional cancellations, and suspensions are forthcoming and additional health department guidance will be issued regarding COVID-19 to extend social distancing policies in an effort to keep the public safe.

Taekwondo is a “close-contact” sport, requiring interaction between instructors and students in order to teach proper technique. This is simply not possible, while maintaining social distancing practices. Further, in the classroom we would not be able to maintain social distancing among students.

Therefore, Grand Master Kim’s Taekwondo instructors have met with the YMCA and decided, at a minimum, to suspend all classes for the next two weeks. Classes tentatively, will resume March 30th, provided it is safe to do so.
All that have already paid the March Taekwondo or Little Dragons fees will be rolled over to April Taekwondo or Little Dragons classes (provided we resume timely and further restrictions are not recommended by the CDC and other health agencies). If an extension of the suspension of classes occur, we will communicate that to you as soon as the decision has been made.

Please be safe and practice at home. As a reminder, there are student resources (videos, step-by-step instructions and terminology) available on the Grand Master Kim’s Taekwondo website under Little Dragons Reference or Student Reference in the Main Menu.

To see your specific belt rank (and previous belt rank) pages, you must be logged in using the login in the footer of the website. If you need your password reset, please click on the “Forgot Your Password?” link.
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The CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

In addition, Leavenworth County and Wyandotte County Unified Government Health Departments to practice social distancing for the next several weeks. As such, Basehor-Linwood USD 458 has made the decision to suspend classes for the coming week following spring break. Bonner Springs / Edwardsville USD 204 and Kansas City Kansas USD 500 have suspended all sports practices during Spring Break. We believe that additional cancellations, and suspensions are forthcoming and additional health department guidance will be issued regarding COVID-19 to extend social distancing policies in an effort to keep the public safe. 

Taekwondo is a “close-contact” sport, requiring interaction between instructors and students in order to teach proper technique. This is simply not possible, while maintaining social distancing practices. Further, in the classroom we would not be able to maintain social distancing among students. 

Therefore, Grand Master Kim’s Taekwondo instructors have met with the YMCA and decided, at a minimum, to suspend all classes for the next two weeks. Classes tentatively, will resume March 30th, provided it is safe to do so. 
All that have already paid the March Taekwondo or Little Dragons fees will be rolled over to April Taekwondo or Little Dragons classes (provided we resume timely and further restrictions are not recommended by the CDC and other health agencies). If an extension of the suspension of classes occur, we will communicate that to you as soon as the decision has been made.

Please be safe and practice at home. As a reminder, there are student resources (videos, step-by-step instructions and terminology) available on the Grand Master Kim’s Taekwondo website under Little Dragons Reference or Student Reference in the Main Menu. 

To see your specific belt rank (and previous belt rank) pages, you must be logged in using the login in the footer of the website. If you need your password reset, please click on the “Forgot Your Password?” link.

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Well, I saw that coming. You all stay well. 👍

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