COVID-19 response

The dojo continues to forge forward with classes!  We are pleased to update our information and report our new COVID protocols. 
Kids are all welcome onsite! Lists have been sent to all the parents regarding times and days for their child's attendance.  Kids still need to pass the COVID Assessment, need to wear a mask for training and need to sanitise hands prior to and after training.  No partner work is allowed and kids have 3 metres x 6 metres in which to do their training and enjoy the karate challenges presented to them during the class.

There is a little bit of room in some of the classes for new members so contact the dojo (dojo@gojukai-bc.ca) for availability and a trial class!  

Adults continue online with Zoom (in conjunction with older kids onsite) and are not yet allowed in the studio for training.  One-to-one lessons are still approved so booking a private lesson is still a good idea!  Adult classes continue with Monday, Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings.  Brown and Black belts get the extra Thursday night training.

Yoga and Tai Chi have both been given the green light for onsite attendance with 2.5 metres apart for practice.  Please note that with limited onsite attendance, pre-booking is required.  Zoom online is available in conjunction with the onsite classes.  

Weapons classes continue - contact the dojo for those details.

Jujutsu is a distant memory but not forgotten.  As soon as the dojo has approval to resume those classes, they will appear back on the schedule.

Bootcamp classes are also continuing online with zoom on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  When we can resume outdoor training, it will happen.

It's been quite a year so far.  When I think about the challenges that we have all had to face, I think of a quote by Pema Chodron that I like to revisit when things get hard:  "Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible be found in us.

Well its time for an update.  We Were back in the Dojo with in-person training in limited numbers and by prior registration.  We had two groups that alternated with one online and one in the Dojo.
However, with  new advice and regulations from the provincial government we are all now training online. 

If you have not received a link to our zoom based online classes please reach out to Shihan Donna for details.

Let us continue to lead by example and demonstrate strength and respect.  We look forward to seeing you in class and eventually training in-person together again.

Stay Healthy!

In view of the current situation, our Environmental Protection Officer, Lynda Quan, has approved our return to activity with some strict guidelines.

West Coast Gojukai has struck a Task Force of 5  individual members (parents and karate practitioners) to develop a reopening plan keeping these guidelines in place.

This plan includes:

  • Guidelines in preparation for attending training onsite
  • Guidelines for training onsite
  • Bathroom protocols
  • Social Distancing protocols
  • Cleaning protocols after classes

These protocols are posted at the dojo and a binder also includes a risk assessment plan for our dojo.

For the first two weeks of June, adults have been invited to return to training, wearing masks, in groups of no more than 8 persons (with pre-selected groups that train together).
Virtual and onsite classes have been occurring at the same time.
Kids will remain virtual (or outdoors) for the remainder of June.  

The dojo has been stripped of all unnecessary items (equipment) and 6 ft squares have been taped off to allow as many as 14 persons training safely with proper social distancing.  There is no sparring or bunkai training (no contact or partner exercises) in the dojo yet.

West Coast Gojukai has been doing all it can to ensure that members continue to learn and practice karate and kobudo, taichi and yoga.  Jujutsu will take some time to return, I believe.

Virtual is here to stay for the rest of June, at least (in conjunction with slow re-integration of onsite training).

Stay healthy, stay positive, practice being kind and being patient.  

Hi all members of West Coast Gojukai, friends and family,

After listening to Prime Minister Trudeau's address to the nation, I have decided to suspend training at the dojo for the coming week, in an effort to keep our community safe and to help BC prevent the spread of this virus.

All indoor training (Morning workout, Yoga, TaiChi, Karate, Weapon's, Jujutsu) will be cancelled from today, March 16th to Sunday, March 22. An update about training in the dojo for the following week will be sent on Sunday, March 22.


Karate members
For those who still want to move and practice, I will be hosting a 1-hr OUTDOOR KATA PRACTICE in Mundy park in the grassy area at the corner of Foster and Hillcrest in Coquitlam. This practice is open to any dojo member who would like to attend for kata training. Show up Monday/Wednesday 6:15 - 7:15 PM. Wear normal clothes and normal shoes. Dress warmly. We will keep the required 1 metre distance apart. There will be no partner practice.

Morning Workout
For those 6 Workout participants, I will be hosting an OUTDOOR 6:00 AM BOOT CAMP just outside the dojo on both Tuesday and Thursday. Show up at the dojo door Tuesday morning. Bring outdoor runners, water, a mat or rug that you can ly on outside and be ready to get sweaty.

Tai Chi Practice
For Tai Chi participants, I will be offering OUTDOOR TAI CHI at Mundy Park at the grassy knoll at the corner of Foster and Hillcrest in Coquitlam. Show up at 10:30 AM on Tuesday and be ready to practice.

If you are sick (feeling unwell, runny nose, fever or cough) please do not attend any of these trainings - stay home.
Let's keep active, as best we can. Eat properly and drink water. Get enough sleep. Of course, wash your hands often.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Let's do what we can to help each other stay safe, healthy and supported.

kind regards,
Donna Gardecki
West Coast Gojukai


Dear valued member of the West Coast Gojukai Community,

Like you, we are concerned about the spread of COVID-19.
It has potential health implications for all of us and can create fear and stress.

West Coast Gojukai would like to support your health and wellbeing by sharing some important information.

At the moment, we are all being advised by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Centre for Disease Control to take simple precautions to keep ourselves and others safe.
Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly is the top safety measure to combat this (and other) virus. In addition, cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing (followed by hand-washing), and avoiding contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness. One more thing: avoid touching your face at any time.

If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, and fever), please stay home until you feel better. We are happy to accept a doctor's note to hold your membership for the time you need to get well and return to training.

Within the karate school, we are cleaning more thoroughly and trust that students will adhere to a rigorous hand washing regime between classes and when using the bathroom/changerooms.
The class schedule is remaining the same except for Spring Break hours (please check the website).

Everyone continues to be welcome at West Coast Gojukai.
Exercise regularly, consume adequate nutrition and sleep enough; these things plus regular and rigorous hand washing are excellent ways to combat getting sick.

See you at training soon!


A message from Saiko Shihan

A brief message from Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi 

and, for all belt levels, a challenging new pattern to work on at home.



Summer time has come around again and we are still training.

We have online and socially distant and, occasionally, outdoors training. Check our schedule for times and contact shihan@gojukai-bc.ca for joining details.

Yoga is happening at the dojo in the summer

New to Yoga? No problem - instructions are clear, class is safe and poses are all adaptable.
Lots of room for social distancing during the class.
The summer sessions plan to be very exciting with new material from my recent learning.
I am looking forward to some interesting and insightful yoga together.

- there will be a two week break, at the end of July and first week of August, otherwise, classes on Tuesdays continue for a 9:15 AM start.

6 sessions (Virtual yoga option will be offered for these classes so if you are traveling.....you can still do yoga!)

Session 1: July, 7,14,21
Session 2: Aug 11,18,25

Register for all of 6 classes and get 10% off!!
$25/class for drop in fee

Over 65 years old? Great - take 20% off

Let me know if you AND your spouse will register together: there are savings to be had.
Contact me if you would like to register (if you are currently a yoga student, simply re-register).


Online Credit Program

June is here and our new program is entering its second month. This program is designed to aid your progress and provide you with some challenges while training from home.   We are planning the return to the dojo and you will be receiving regular updates about that. In the meantime this will challenge you and keep you on track.

Details are at this link:   Online Credit Program



Virtual Karate Fitness Classes

Virtual Karate Fitness Classes

Virtual Fitness Classes ran until the end of May, 2020 and have now concluded.   If you are still interested then please watch for more announcements of a possible return in a once per week format.

Need PE credits?
This fitness program is designed for elementary and middle/high school aged kids.  They can log credits for their school PE requirements with these classes!  Parents can participate too if they wish.

The form for registration is here:   Virtual Fitness Classes Registration Form

Elementary school aged kids: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1-1:30 PM.
Middle/high school aged kids: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1:45-2:30.

If you can attend only 1x per week, no problem! No equipment is necessary - exercises will be using their own body weight.
The program is supervised by the chief instructor of the karate school, Donna Gardecki, Kinesiologist and Master's graduate in Physical Education.
Classes are taught by Certified Personal Trainer and Sport Studies student, Mason G-Browett.

Only parents can register their kids for this program - kids can not register themselves.  The program uses Zoom conferencing (with new security features) and the same link will be used for the entire duration of the program (10 sessions). Parents register with their unique email address and specify the email address that will be used to allowadmission into the training session.

Payment for the session is by donation
Get fit, log those credits and support a small business all at the same time!

Here is the Virtual Fitness Classes Registration Form again.