Dear Friends, Students, and Family,

We all have to do our part:


It is with a heavy heart that we announce the need to respond further to the Coronavirus pandemic. RCW has always been a place about community and we feel it necessary to play our role in diminishing the spread of this deadly virus. There’s no worse scenario we can envision than one where any student or family member falls ill because of our inaction.

Our healthcare system needs people to step up and take some of the burden off their constrained beds and supplies. Just this morning Kaiser Permanente announced they won’t be treating anyone for non-urgent conditions to free up resources as they prepare for an onslaught of Covid-19 patients.

After thoughtful consideration because of these conditions: We will be closed from March 16th – April 1st. 

Owning a small business and running RCW for over 11 years has been a tremendous learning experience for myself and our staff. There’s nothing that fills us with more pride and joy than showing up to serve our community every day. It’s with much humility I have to lay bare that a loss in memberships would be devastating for us. We understand that everyone’s financial situation is different but we’re asking for your support during these trying times. We want RCW to be a place you can return to when this viral storm passes.

Finally we are considering numerous options on how to repay your generosity during this time. Right now Professor Erik and I are brainstorming ways to give back to all our students. We plan to do some grand opening seminars that will be free to students, offer reduced or free private lessons, and extend free time for those of you on a membership. As coincidence would have it we’ve been working for a few months on putting all our curriculum on video. Currently we plan to take this time to rush something out to all of you who can’t train with us directly at the moment.

We believe that if all of us do our part, we will get through this together.


If you have any questions please email Professor Joe or Erik at

It’s human nature to respond to fear, it’s a survival mechanism, a motivator.

Fear can teach us a lot about ourselves when we’re willing to look internally. It can be the benefit of past lessons learned now a warning sign to not make the same mistake again. It can motivate us over fear of gaining too much weight, fear of not finding the right job, fear of not being able to defend ourselves. It’s important though to discern between fear and panic. 

Precautions are good, behavior changes are welcomed, but it’s integral we keep a positive outlook while doing our part for the community. If panic grips us, the trend is to take fear into the irrational. We no longer benefit from our internal warning system but slip into the deep end of crazy, like stock piling toilet paper when there’s a virus going around. Water won’t be shut off from your tap, grocery stores will remain open, and just know that you’re not alone in your concern.


RCW is taking steps to respond to the Coronavirus on a daily basis:

  • We have adopted the CDC standards for all cleaning supplies effective against the virus. This includes our hand soap, mat cleaner, lysol sprays and more.
  • New procedures like more thorough cleaning have begun, as well as cleaning touchable surfaces every day like door knobs and counter space.
  • Instructors have been informed to wash their hands before and after every class
  • All staff are following protocol to avoid coming into the school if they have any signs of illness. Truthfully we’ve always done this as sharing any kind of contagion is irresponsible in the view of RCW
  • In addition all staff are currently ordered to stay away if they come in contact with someone else who they feel has exposed them to the Coronavirus. (Shout to Holly Forrette for already doing this, it turned out to be a false alarm, but super proud of her for taking the steps to protect our community)

The rest falls on us individually:

If you can follow our lead and maintain good hygiene principles, we all benefit. It is beyond appreciated when you take responsibility for the well being of those around you by washing your hands, minimizing exposure to germs, and picking up after yourself. Together we can go a long way to make sure that everyone at RCW remains healthy and active.

With your support RCW will remain an active pillar in the community. A place you can be proud to attend and put down all that daily stress where we come together.

Thanks again for all you do, it is noticed, and much appreciated!!




Professor Joe