COVID-19

Current Covid Training Policies 

  • Members must pre-register for classes (first-come, first-served).
  • Members must not come to class if they are feeling unwell or have any symptoms (or combination of symptoms) listed here: headache, fever, sore throat, fatigue, cough, congestion, loss of taste, nausea, or diarrhea.
  • Members having any of the above symptoms must be symptom-free and have self-quarantined for 14 days or test negative for Covid19, or have tested positive for Covid19 Antibodies before being allowed to return to class.
  • Members must immediately notify Seattle Aikikai via email if they or anyone they have come into contact with has been given a positive diagnosis of COVID19.

For Indoors Training:

  • In compliance with county guidelines, you must be vaccinated for Indoor training. Proof of vaccination and a vaccine booster is required. Specifically:

    • If you have previously submitted proof of two doses of either Moderna or Pfizer, you’ll need to show your record of a third dose. 
    • If you have previously submitted proof of the J&J vaccine, you’ll need to show your record of a second dose of any vaccine. 
    • In either case, to ensure that the booster has had time to build antibodies, you will need to allow 10 days after the booster before beginning indoor training. 
    • You may bring your card to class to be verified by an instructor or you may email a copy to info@seattleaikikai.com. We will NOT retain a copy of the card, we will only record having verified the booster. You only need to show proof of the booster once. 
  • Indoor classes are mask-required. New research is emerging that cloth masks may not be as effective as assumed. Surgical and K/N95 type masks will now be required and made available to you at the dojo to use for participating in class.

For Outdoors Training:

  • All members are welcome to join outdoor classes regardless of vaccination status.
  • Members must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other practitioners unless they are training with someone within a family group. 
  • Training is mask-optional although unvaccinated members should continue to wear masks.
  • Attire is informal workout clothes (no uniform required.)

UPDATE March 11, 2021:
Message from the Dojo Board 
It has been a year since we closed our physical space in compliance with County guidelines. During that time we have kept the membership active with online classes and a weekly outdoors weapons class. The Board has been diligent during this time securing our finances and operations. We are closely following the recommended CDC guidelines and preparing for the addition of new classes (outdoors as well as for vaccinated members) as well as starting our search for a future space. Stay tuned.

UPDATE Nov. 1, 2020: Seattle AIkikai has transitioned into our winter schedule and is offering virtual training 5 days a week with one in-person socially distanced no-contact outdoor class on Saturday mornings, weather permitting. For more information on class offerings and policies, visit our Join page.

UPDATE July 13, 2020: Seattle AIkikai’s physical dojo space is now permanently closed, but we are still training! We will be offering socially distanced no-contact outdoor training 4 days a week. For more information on class offerings and policies, visit our Join page.

UPDATE March 16, 2020: In compliance with Gov Inslee’s March 16 emergency order, Seattle Aikikai is closed for all activities until further notice.

UPDATE March 11, 2020: Seattle Public Schools has announced today that it will be closing for two weeks in light of COVID-19 concerns. Following their policy, Seattle Aikikai will proactively close for two weeks, until March 25 for all classes.

We will be following up tomorrow with more information about our upcoming schedule and ways to stay engaged with your training as well as looking at opportunities to be of service to our community during this public health crisis.

The dojo will continue monitoring this situation closely (CDC and King County Public Health Department) and will continue to follow the protocol of the Seattle Public Schools. With that said, this is a time for facts, not fear. There are common sense measures to protect yourself from COVID-19 that you should be practicing regardless of whatever virus is circulating at the moment.

  • The best line of defense is to wash hands frequently, especially before eating or before and after touching your face.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms, unless you need medical treatment.

Also keep your immune system healthy by getting enough sleep, eating well, and hydrating, and by enjoying exercise. Try to minimize stress, which can lower immune defenses and make you more vulnerable to illness.

For the latest  information about COVID-19, disease prevention and monitoring, please refer to the cdc.gov website.

Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep the dojo a safe place to train, not only during the Coronavirus but throughout the year.


Seattle Public Schools has announced that it will be closing for two weeks in light of COVID-19 concerns. Following their policy, Seattle Aikikai will proactively close for two weeks, until March 25 for all classes.

The dojo is monitoring this situation closely (CDC and King County Public Health Department) and will follow the protocol of the Seattle Public Schools. With that said, this is a time for facts, not fear. There are commonsense measures to protect yourself from COVID-19 that you should be practicing regardless of whatever virus is circulating at the moment.

• The best line of defense is to wash hands frequently, especially before eating or before and after touching your face.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms, unless you need medical treatment.

Also keep your immune system healthy by getting enough sleep, eating well, and hydrating, and by enjoying exercise like Aikido training. Try to minimize stress, which can lower immune defenses and make you more vulnerable to illness.

For the latest  information about COVID-19, disease prevention and monitoring, please refer to the cdc.gov website.

Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep the dojo a safe place to train, not only during the Coronavirus but throughout the year.

What we are doing

  • Sanitizing high-touch areas such as doorknobs, door handles, faucet handles, iPad kiosk, keyboard, and light switches.
  • Requiring everyone to wash their hands before stepping on the mat, and after stepping off the mat.
  • Cleaning the mat regularly with anti-microbial solution.
  • Asking any student that has any symptoms to stay away from the dojo.