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Dear Aikido of Missoula members,

As you all know, we are in a critical and dangerous situation with the rapidly spreading global coronavirus pandemic. Things are changing very quickly. On Friday evening, after in-depth conversation about our situation with the dojo members present, I had decided to go to no-contact training starting Monday, with ongoing assessment of our actions. But by today, with two known cases in Missoula County and undoubtedly others not yet identified, it is clear that we must join the many other Aikido dojos nationwide and elsewhere who are temporarily closing their doors.

Effective Monday, March 16, Aikido of Missoula is suspending all classes and other activities for adults and youth through Thursday, April 2, to protect our membership and to do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus in our community and elsewhere. The temporary closure will be reassessed at the end of the month, and may be extended.

I appreciate the care you all have used over the last period to follow strict personal health protocols and to keep our dojo clean and disinfected. I also thank those who have stayed away from the dojo due to seasonal cold or other illness. But the silent spread of this virus via apparently well individuals creates a situation we are unable to check through normal hygiene procedures and vigilance. Even without physical contact, our training is not social distancing. We may have the opportunity in our area to take proactive measures to “flatten the curve” of infection. We need to do all we can to protect ourselves, our friends and families, and our communities.

Your continuing dues support is both appreciated and essential to retaining our dojo. If necessary, checks can be mailed to: AOM, PO Box 8633, Missoula, MT 59807. Thank you!

In this time we are not meeting on the mat, I hope we will continue our training by holding the principles of Aikido in our hearts and spirits. In a time of crisis and uncertainty, we can remember  to calm and center ourselves. We can remember to breathe, allow ourselves to expand and open while maintaining clear attention and feeling our feet on the ground. We can realign to a balanced space that encourages awareness and compassion. We can envision, embrace and work toward the way of loving protection, harmony and peace.

Please take excellent and careful care of yourselves, your loved ones and your environs. I greatly look forward to our regathering when we are able to do so.

With my love and very best wishes,

Raso Hultgren
Aikido of Missoula