As Ottawa and most of the rest of the world have instituted policies in an effort to control the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus our regular classes and workshops are suspended for the foreseeable future. We expect to resume regular classes at such time as the proper authorities and the facilites where we train deem that it is possible to do so safely.
During this time we have also suspended student fees. Any balance in terms of weeks or months paid will be carried forward when actual physical classes are able to resume.
In lieu of our normal classes are currently offering an online class
. While we clearly can't practice things like sparring and power and self-defence drills, we can take advantage of this time to work on refining those aspects of our training that don't require physical contact or proximity. At present weekly classes are held online Wednesdays, 7:00 - 7:45 PM
. Private or semi-private classes are available by appointment. All classes are conducted over the Jitsi
multi-platform, open-source video conferencing system hosted on our own server. Unlike Zoom or other conferencing/video chat systems, ours is completely secure and private. There is no account or registration required to join a Jitsi video session with your web browser or the Jitsi app on your iOS or Android device. Of course, to make the most of it, your device should have a camera and a microphone & speakers (or hands-free audio capability). See https://gec-office.ca/ll/docs/jitsi-info.pdf
for more on the Jitsi platform.
Although these classes are geared primarily to current members, we're open to welcoming anyone who would like to explore our art with us. We're currently offering our online classes free of charge but we still have expenses. We'll gladly accept (and even encourage) any donations
to put us in a better position to resume normal operations when conditions allow. A suggested amount is $5.00/class.