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.
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.
This article was written by Alan “Gumby” Marques, a Ralph Gracie black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the owner of Heroes Martial Arts in San Jose, and one of the original founders of On The Mat
The Covid-19 Pandemic is unprecedented in scale and uncertainty in the future and many school owners are left wondering if they schools will survive the ordeal. If I can take comfort in anything, with a large percentage of the planet on some form of shelter in place is that this is truly a moment in history where we are all truly in it together.
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.