IT'S been a challenging few months for martial arts clubs in Bathurst but the start of outdoor classes means the light at the end of the tunnel has become that little bit more visible.
From Monday, thanks to small relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, Pollets Bathurst will be resuming their classes outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer to help people stay on top of their training.
Hanshi Ian Pollet doesn't envy the job of those having to make the tough calls on coronavirus restrictions, and knows the return to normalcy will be some time away.
"It's good for the coaches to get some communication with their students and encourage them, to let them know the hope is there. Of course the officials have to make the right decisions, be cautious, and they have to make sure the virus doesn't spread," he said.
"If it runs well and people pay attention to what they have to do, follow the rules, then things will go well for everyone."
Pollets have put up a schedule for their outdoor training sessions online, with bookings required due to the number restrictions in place.
The interest has been strong so far and Pollet said that's a great boost to club morale.
"People seeing their friends and coaches again is great. We've been doing stuff online but that's not the same. Communication is something we all look for, and enjoy, so that hour we can get them together is great for motivation," he said.
"This way of life isn't great for people in the long run. But cross our fingers, toes and everything else that it all runs to plan and we can control this virus."
The financial side of things is an area that's tough for many clubs around Australia right now.
Pollet said his club is no exception to that.
"If we say that situation's good then that would be nothing but a fib," he said.
"It's the same for everyone in the health, entertainment and food industry. We're all feeling that bite, and it's a pretty big bite.
"Hopefully things will go alright and businesses can start up again and the community can get going."