AJJF Statement on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

[May 23, 2020: The text below has been updated to reflect suspension of sanctioned events through June 30, 2020]

The AJJF is recommending to its member schools that they immediately contact their local health department for guidance on hosting activities in their communities and consider suspension of classes until June 30, 2020 or in line with community issued regulations. The AJJF also strongly recommends that event hosts consider cancelling or postponing their events which are non-essential over the next 30 days until more information becomes available from the experts.

The AJJF does not have, and will not be sanctioning any events through June 30, 2020. Guidance on holding sanctioned events after this time will be revised on an ongoing basis. Event hosts with questions should contact the Chair of Operations (chair@ajjf.org).

Jujitsu is a contact-intense activity and we are especially sensitive to the ongoing concerns around  COVID-19 (aka coronavirus). At this time, the CDC is recommending a raised awareness of standard hygiene practices. These recommendations include: (from the CDC website)

Recommendations for all individuals 

  • Wash hands frequently and adequately (20 secs with soap and water), or use alcohol-based cleanser/hand sanitizer
  • Follow good personal hygiene after every workout. This includes showering with soap and water and washing all workout clothing.
  • Take individual and public safety into consideration when making decisions to travel or attending large gatherings. Jujitsu is a high-risk, high-contact activity. There is risk of transmission of viral infections with any close human (within 6 feet) interaction.
  • If you develop a fever, cough or feel ill, do not go to your recreation center or dojo for practice, contact your medical provider and stay away from others
  • Seek immediate medical attention if symptoms become severe, such as being short of breath or having difficulty breathing, feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • If travelling, exercise diligent hand hygiene, avoid touching your face, avoid countries and locations with a high number of cases and avoid public places with large numbers of people (travel precautions will continually be updated by the CDC: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ )

Recommendations to all AJJF Schools

At this time the AJJF has recommended to school heads to check CDC and local heath authority guidelines and consider suspending classes through March 28th, 2020.

If electing to hold classes: 

  • First and foremost,Follow CDC guidelines – cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
  • Follow your home state and local guidelines as the prevalence of COVID-19 varies widely throughout the US (Department of Public Health) 
  • Dojos should NOT allow anyone with cough, fever, shortness of breath, or feeling ill to practice
  • Provide alcohol-based hand cleaner (60-95% alcohol) before entering dojo/ mat and when exiting (or recommend hand washing for 20sec before and after practice), encourage frequent hand-washing
  • Appropriately clean mats more frequently than usual, using a proper disinfectant antiviral & antibacterial (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5343532/ )
  • Wipe down, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the dojo (handles, tables, chairs, computers) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/cleaning-disinfection.html
  • If a participant begins to feel ill during class/practice, isolate the individual (self-quarantine) and call a primary care physician. Call emergency personnel if the individual is experiencing shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, feeling lightheaded or dizzy

The above recommendations are based on recommendation from the United States CDC (csc.gov) and those of the USA Judo Association (www.teamusa.org).