Daniel de Groot - June 19, 2020

Dealing with setbacks, the Stoic way

No gym owner goes through his career without any setbacks, so it’s important to be ready for them. One of the best ways to deal with setbacks is the ancient philosophy of Stoicism, which has been practiced since the times of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.

It’s also used in modern times and gained popularity through the works of authors like Donald Robertson and Ryan Holiday. Some great minds of the past were also interested in this philosophy. Thomas Jefferson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Theodor Roosevelt are just a few of them.

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Daniel de Groot - June 8, 2020

Dealing with the shutdown as an instructor: A personal story

It’s been over two months since my gym had to close down. No income, no in-person contact with the students and of course no training.

The gym I teach at in The Netherlands hires me as an instructor to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, which means I’m not the one paying rent. It’s a different situation compared to some gym owners, like my coaches in Brazil, who are struggling to pay rent and retain members. 

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Daniel de Groot - May 12, 2020

Investing in a competition team and your gym’s reputation

High level competitors in any sport have a gruelling training regiment. That might seem incompatible with the inclusive feel of most martial arts schools, where everyone is encouraged to join and train to the best of their physical abilities.

Does it make sense to invest in a competition team and training that would exclude most of your members? In this article we explore the benefits of doing so and how it can help your academy prosper.

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Daniel de Groot - April 26, 2020

The Many Benefits of Teaching Private Classes

Private classes are an excellent way for students to get personal, customized instruction, and for instructors to generate additional income to supplement group classes. However, many gyms do not offer private lessons, for various reasons.

In this article, I will tell you why you should be teaching private classes regularly, how your students will benefit from them, how to teach a private class (+ the big mistakes to avoid) and how to sell your private classes. 

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