Dear Members & Friends,

I just received the following email from Michio Kajitani Sensei (All United States Kendo Federation Executive Vice President and thoracic surgeon in San Bernardino, California).

Dear presidents of AUSKF member federations, 

Please distribute to your members. 

I had a brief conversation with our president, Maeda sensei,  regarding Covid-19 situation.  As most of you are aware, Omicron variant is spreading quite fast and daily case is sky rocketing as you can see on the first image.  This variant seems to be relatively less lethal, but severe illness and death are reported.  Even after full vaccination, it seems to cause ‘break through’ infection.  However, the vaccine still seems to show protective effect against severe illness and death.  The third dose ‘booster shots’ are highly recommended as long as you can take it.  

The attached images are downloaded from CDC. 
The first image shows far greater number of cases reported than ever before.  
The second image shows the number of deaths that is roughly half of what it was a year ago, the worst time we had.  
The third image shows it is affecting all over the USA. 

Considering the current situation, AUSKF recommends refraining from participating in non-essential activities including Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo for the next two weeks or so, and re-evaluate.  The first Omicron alert was reported to WHO on November 24, 2021, and cases in the USA have been reported since early December 2021.  The holiday season traveling and gathering might have contributed to this surge.  Hopefully it will end by February. 

We are quite concerned about this situation and would like you to be aware of these data so we can help our members stay safe during this difficult time.  

Thank you,
Michio Kajitani

In order to ensure the safety of our members we will be following the All United States Kendo Federation’s recommendation of “refraining from participating in non-essential activities including Kendo, Iaido, and Jodo for the next two weeks or so, and re-evaluate.”  I hope to start classes again by February 1st. This decision was not made easily, as I understand how much all of you want to return to training regularly, but we must follow the guidelines set forth by the All United States Kendo Federation. I will be sure to keep you posted as new developments come to light.

I appreciate your understanding in this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Frank Nieves
Institute of Budo Studies

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