The COVID-19 “Coronavirus” pandemic outbreak is starting to affect everyday life. Living in the biggest and riches country in the world sometimes makes you feel immune to disasters happening all over the world. However, now that the Coronavirus is at our doorstep, it’s time to take the necessary precautions that should be taken.
Have you seen the madness at Costco? The school closures? The advice to avoid non-essential travel, public gatherings, and places where large groups of people congregate?
Although you may be a healthy individual, daily routines such as; Work, Entertainment and Physical Activity like Jiu-Jitsu will be affected. Training in the Gentle Art is a blessing to many but the fact remains that Jiu-Jitsu is a contact sport where we sweat, breath and constantly have skin to skin contact. There have already been multiple large tournaments like UAEJJF Abu Dhabi World Pro and IBJJF Pans canceled or postponed. There will definitely be more, especially with Jiu-Jitsu Academies starting to close.
DO NOT freak out if your Academy closes for the time being….. Your Professor is doing it for the safety of all his students. More Importantly, remember to SUPPORT those that support you!
You are within your right to cancel or freeze your membership during the closure to avoid spending money on a service you’re not receiving. However, the Academy still has bills like; electricity, water, rent and those aren’t going to stop because the Coronavirus. With or without members, the gym will need to pay bills, and if everyone freezes their account for a whole month, it could have disastrous effects on the academy. There might not be an Academy when all of this is over.
The good news is that while the Academy is down, there is still plenty that you can do.
- Learn new techniques online.
- Practice solo drills
- Weight Training
- Roll with a Teammate that you know is healthy at home.
Online videos will be a great resource. There are plenty of online schools such as BJJ Fanatics, Keenan Cornelius, Silva BJJ Online, Lapel Encyclopedia and of course Youtube.
Let’s remember to SUPPORT our Academies as we all try to navigate this pandemic. Wash you hands constantly and always remember to take care of yourself and your family. May everyone stay safe out there!