Casper dojo inside of closing athletic club plans to stay open

CASPER Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper Dojo is staying open even though the Wyoming Athletic Club announced on social media earlier this month that it is closing its doors permanently.

Kenneth Knight, Casper Dojo owner, said he’s worked in the facility since about 2006 and is sad to see it go.

“We’ve been a staple of that club for literally decades. We have a lot of great memories there and have met so many great people,” Knight said.

Knight adds he hopes to see a bright future for the building.

Knight said before the WAC closed due to state restrictions they were holding classes virtually and are taking other safety precautions for everyone’s safety.

“All of our instructors have gone and got a COVID safe martial arts instructor certification that we’ve gone through and we are also spending time making sure we’ve got great outdoors, fresh air and space to spread everyone out,” Knight said.

Knight said they have a new location if members want to train inside, but Knight said having classes outdoors is one of the ways members feel safe to meet.

“The martial arts is not a pristine sterile thing so being able to work in uneven surfaces and be hot and sweaty are all parts of things that are relative to it,” Knight said.

As a way to make sure all of the members feel comfortable, Knight said they put out a poll asking members what they wanted.

“Some of the classes have stayed virtual based on the response of those people, some have chosen to get together so we’ve done that,” Knight said.

He added that martial arts training needs to be in person a little bit, right now they are working on training that is little to no contact as much as possible.

“Fortunately there’s a lot of ways to do that, but as we move to work together plus being able to see each other and socialize is huge. We may do some hybrid classes—where we work them live but stream them for people who don’t feel comfortable or have reasons to stay home so that way we get the best of both worlds situation,” Knight said.

Knight added there’s a lot of potential on how to adapt during this global pandemic.

“We just have to latch onto it,” Knight said.