Since our latest feature release at the beginning of the year which introduced the online shop feature, we’ve been working on implementing a skills library feature, and overhauling the attendance tracking reporting.
Let’s go over what has been added and what has changed with the recent update:
Alan “Gumby” Marques is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ralph Gracie, and the owner of Heroes Martial Arts in San Jose. He is also the co-founder of the OTM (OnTheMat) brand. Gumby was also my (Eran) instructor and Jiu-Jitsu mentor for close to 4 years, and the person who awarded me my brown belt back in 2015. I talked to Gumby about his school and how he’s been dealing with the COVID situation.
Reuven Lirov has been practicing and teaching Aikido since 2007 and currently holds a Sandan, or 3rd-degree black belt and Fukushidoin (1st level instructor) through the United States Aikido Federation and Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.
2020 was quite the year, a rollercoaster of highs and lows. From a global pandemic affecting everyone and gyms especially, to launching a brand new version of our software, we wanted to look back and recap everything that happened.
Kroyler Gracie and his school in Eikhart, IN, Kroyler Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, joined us shortly before the COVID-19 outbreak began in the US. Their support and input during this difficult time has been invaluable. We checked-in with Kroyler to learn more about his school and see how they’ve been handling this situation.
Summit Martial Arts in Calgary, Canada has been with us since the end of 2018. During that time, their feedback and input have been instrumental in developing many of the features at Martial Arts on Rails. We sat down to talk to Leigh-Ann Morris about their history and plans going forward.
Before founding Martial Arts on Rails in early 2016, I have been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for close to a decade. From the east coast to the west coast in the US, to Japan and Israel, I’ve dropped in and trained regularly at many different locations.
Since I build software products for a living, I couldn’t help notice how backwards some of the systems I had to interface with as a member / visitor in many of these places. For example –
No online onboarding or profile access.
Uncertainty regarding payments – from cash to Paypal and insecure online payment forms.
Complete lack of visibility to my training record.
For the last few weeks we’ve been working on a refresh of the gym website template we’ve been offering, a feature that has barely been touched since we launched more than 4 years ago. Let’s go over what’s new:
With most gyms currently closed due to the global coronavirus pandemic, it’s hard to tell when or if things will ever go back to the way they were before. I’ve been having conversations with our users and other gym owners about their concerns and ideas for how to respond to the situation, and have been following closely on how other industries are handling it.
As the situation with the COVID19 virus continues to develop, gym owners are faced with difficult decisions that will have serious repercussions for the future of their business and livelihood.
We’ve been talking to some of you regarding this situation, and wanted to share some of the ways gyms have been handling this situation so others can learn from it and perhaps apply it to their own situation.