Carnegie Judo Club and Fu Dog Martial Arts resume classes
THEY may not be fully back on the mat, but two West Fife martial arts clubs are returning to normalcy.
Carnegie Judo Club and Fu Dog Martial Arts, which are based in a refurbished Dojo in Lyneburn Industrial Estate, Halbeath Place, Dunfermline, were able to resume some classes as COVID-19 restrictions began to ease.
Like so many other sports organizations, they have seen their operations severely affected in the last year since the start of the pandemic, with their training mostly taking place indoors and with contact.
They had to improvise and adapt, which led them to develop videos on the technique for members to practice at home while, since last month, non-contact outdoor activities for groups up to 15 adults and 12-17 year olds were able to resume.
With outdoor contact sport for this latter age group getting the green light to resume this week, Carnegie Judo and Fu Dog Martial Arts, led by Jim and Iain Feenan respectively, have restarted some outdoor classes and have been delighted with the response they received. have received so far.
“We’ve had a really good response from the returning kids,” Jim told Press Sport.
“We do outdoor stuff so I think that’s good. We opened four weeks ago and have had 15; I thought I was going to have one.
I think Iain and I have grown as coaches because now we are starting to realize that there is a different way to engage people, there is a different way to get people in shape.
“It’s still under the banner of a martial art, but you don’t have to knock six bells apart to enjoy it.”
Iain commented, “It’s encouraging. When we initially closed we probably had 40-50 kids per weekend over the three classes, and when we reopened we probably had 30-40.
“We haven’t had that much drop in classes. Because it’s outside and it’s not technically judo, some people have chosen not to come back, but have let us know that they will come back when it’s inside.
“We’re slowly getting back on track with running lessons and a bit of normalcy.
“From September to December, we gave 2-3 lessons per night, and they were packed with 15 people each.
“It was the maximum that we could get into the building safely, so if we can get back in, we’ll fly.”
Children’s judo lessons, women’s training camps and solo MMA exercises, outdoors, are offered at the Dojo and new members are welcome.
They also offer the first three sessions free and, for more information, find Carnegie Judo or Fu Dog Martial Arts on Facebook.