SEYMOUR-SOUTHBURY — When Gov. Lamont’s executive order in March closed all gyms and fitness centers, Bushi Ban Martial Arts and Fitness faced the challenge head-on by creating an at-home learning plan, rolled out in three phases, culminating with live online classes via Zoom and recorded classes available on demand.

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Bushi Ban has recognized the need for continuity of learning, as well the importance of a sense of normalcy for our students and their families,” said Sensei John Lombardo, who owns Bushi Ban locations in Southbury and Seymour.

“It is our strong belief that exercise is crucial to the goal of staying fit and healthy, boosting our immune systems and staying on track with training.”

The live group classes on Zoom are offered daily, Monday through Friday. Private classes are available via Zoom as well.

In addition to continuing to support their students through this time, Bushi Ban has expanded their offerings, allowing all family members to access classes.

“We are committed to giving every student in every circumstance the opportunity to access the benefits of martial arts training,” said Sensei Lombardo.

Those seeking additional information or wishing to register for classes may call 800-868-8859, email to or visit

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