The Pros of Training at a Family-Oriented Gym
While gyms that advertise themselves as the school of hard knocks are useful to those who are working towards a career in MMA or another professional martial art, this is rarely the case for most people. Many who pick up a martial art are training with a personal goal in mind, such as fitness, mental toughness and discipline, or simply to expand their horizons.
The world of professional athletes is not for the faint of heart, and you’ll feel the pressure to compete in many of these high-stakes gyms. Potential injury and competition are simply a fact of life in martial arts such as jiu-jitsu, but for those who don’t compete at a professional level, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Our gym philosophy is based on the idea that jiu-jitsu is for everyone–regardless of age, gender or disability. And because we believe it should be accessible to everyone, we strive to maintain a safe gym environment where people may train hard, but with a greatly reduced risk of injury.
Slow and steady always wins the race, because after all, what good is it to train jiu-jitsu for a month or two only to become gravely injured and have to leave for six?
You’ll hear stories of dislocated thumbs, kneecaps popped out of place, and elbows that have been stretched past their limit due to someone’s over enthusiastic carelessness. The internet is full of painful jiu-jitsu anecdotes if you look for them, and while we can’t say that such a thing will never happen at our gym, it’s rare and highly unlikely.
Being a family oriented gym means that instead of prioritizing tournaments and medals, we focus on intense, individualized attention to our students’ needs. This holds true especially for our younger classes, who can be easily discouraged from the sport if not properly motivated. And since children have many more belts than the adults (precisely to keep the kids confident about their progress), this makes room for personal improvement by boosting the kids’ self-esteem through the promotion of specially colored stripes for simple, yet important things such as: eating well, brushing their teeth, getting good grades, cleaning their room, being polite, and other small feats.
All of this contributes to a culture of kindness and respect, something that is invaluable in the sport, as well as in life. Oftentimes, when we accept a student onto the mat, the rest of the family follows, and this family dynamic is crucial to how we teach and interact with the people who train at our gym. Because we’re family, we take care of eachother, and we leave our pride and ego at the door. Our gym is solely focused on empowering and teaching our students how to be healthy and responsible people wherever they go, because after all, the family is the basic unit of society, and what we learn in the gym we take out into the world!