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Understanding Your Insurance Coverage

From Jennifer Urmston of Sports & Fitness Insurance Corporation

“It is important to remember that viruses are excluded from standard Commercial General Liability insurance policies. This means that insurance companies will most likely not pay members for claiming they contracted a virus at your school.

It is very difficult to track where a virus comes from, so it would be difficult to prove that someone caught a cold or the flu or the coronavirus from their martial arts school.

However, a martial arts school should still focus on cleanliness at all times to protect themselves from a claim of negligence.

At this time with the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis, we recommend following the guidelines of your local health department and the CDC.

All third party claims of any type of injury including from a virus should be turned in to the school’s General Liability carrier for a claims adjuster to respond.

Viruses are also not a covered cause of loss under a standard Commercial Property Insurance policy.

A covered cause of loss is required in order to trigger Business Income Coverage on a Commercial Property policy.

Business Income coverage replaces loss of income sustained during a period of restoration, following a covered property loss.”

This is usually when a building is being repaired after physical damage has occurred.

Therefore, a school will not necessarily be eligible for business income-related insurance coverage even if that school experiences reduced business because students are fearful of contracting a virus.

Jennifer Urmston Lowe goes on to say, “Standard Commercial Property policies include an Exclusion for Virus and Bacteria that applies to Business Income and Civil Authority coverage. We recommend, however, that all business owners review their own specific policy language and file a claim with their carrier if they feel that they have coverage.

It is vitally important to maintain the power, lighting and security systems for your martial arts school at all times.

Your premises can have water damage, fire damage or vandalism and other physical damage during a slow down or shut down.

Finally, we strongly recommend that business owners do not let their insurance lapse at this time because these types of claims could be expensive and threaten the long term viability of the business.”

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We have spent the week working with Liberty Mutual to help our staff answer coverage questions and recommend appropriate resources related to the Coronavirus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). www.coronavirus.org.

CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): How COVID-19 spreads.

CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Steps to prevent illness.

CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Stigma and resilience.

CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for travel.

CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): People at risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s registered antimicrobial products for use against novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.

Examine.com. Summary of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

McKinsey & Company: COVID-19: Implications for business.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Pandemic readiness.

US Department of State. Travel advisories.

World Health Organization. COVID-2019 Daily situation reports.

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Notice Tyson’s hand is by his face, not his hip.

His chin is down instead of up.

His shoulder is up instead of pulled back.

His body is sideways to his opponent instead of squared off.

His legs are under his body not spread apart like he was riding a horse.

With this kind of form, he would fail his orange belt exam in most schools. 

How does that make any sense?

Sensei Tyson?

If Mike Tyson or a world champion kickboxer came to your school to teach your black belts. What do you think he would work on? Double punches, square blocks, and keeping your chin up?

I’m pretty sure he would emphasize head movement, how to snap your punches and a defense that does NOT include pulling your punch back to your hip.

I’m sure the students would learn advanced applications to adjust for different fighters. Notice I said advanced applications, not advanced strikes.

When you focus on application, you can apply that to almost any technique.

For instance, if the drill is about how to fight a taller fighter, the answer is more about footwork to stay on the outside until you can secure quick access. My brothers are 6′ 3″ and 6′ 4″ so I know something about fighting a taller opponent.

Drills that teach that application do not require complexity. They require simplicity.

The more complex a skill becomes, the less chance it can be used. Have you ever seen a double punch? Only in kata and here:

If you eliminated all kata and traditional skills, you could devote that time to drills and conditioning that would give your students a true advantage in sparring or self-defense.

Imagine teaching fewer skills that are easy to teach and learn than traditional skills and kata.

You could spend more time on the application of those skills rather than stepping up and down the classroom and holding blocks and punches out in the air, which leaves you wide open for a counterattack.

Rather than spending student’s time with the complexity and frustration of spending years perfecting the bad habits of pulling their hand back to their hip, keeping their chin up, aiming and holding a punch in the air, and blocking with power while stepping forward, your retention will improve. Your student quality will improve. Your curriculum consistency will improve.

This is the core of our white to black belt curriculum Empower Kickboxing.

It’s an old saying, but true. “Less is best.”

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