When COVID-19 Strikes, Jiu-Jitsu Prevails

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Even in the most uncertain of times, Jiu-Jitsu and its people find a way to prevail

When COVID-19 Strikes, Jiu-Jitsu Prevails

Even in the most uncertain of times, Jiu-Jitsu and its people find a way to prevail

Location: Alberta, Canada

The world we know today is very different from that of just over a year ago. Many lives have been lost, and it seemed as though the world was shutting down as we knew it, and in many parts, it has. We have been pulled away from our families, and we are going outside significantly less. Businesses are closing their doors, and more often than not, we are confined to our homes with little opportunity to do the activities we have come to love. That need for that human connection, talking, laughing, and enjoying one another’s company has never been tested so on such a large scale before.  

Multiple gyms were interviewed recently across Canada, and despite talking to so many people, they all, surprisingly and to my delight, seemed to share the same ideas. From the gym owner’s perspective, they all mentioned how they are concerned about closing their gym doors due to restrictions, some indefinitely due to financial instability, and how they’re not quite sure what they’ll do if things don’t clear up soon. However, in spite of all of this, none of the instructors or gym owners failed to mention their concern for their student’s well-being.

For many, the gym is a place to decompress. It’s a time to get away from life for an hour and visit with friends and in some cases, family. The impact of shutting down Jiu-Jitsu GYM’s is far-reaching and impacts everyone from the GYM owner down to the new student who found a home away from home. Jiu-Jitsu, as nearly everyone has attested to, is far more than just a sport, but a culture, a family, and an opportunity to be your best 

The students of these GYMs (just like everyone else) shared frustration, confusion, and sadness about the world’s current situation. However, they also brought up their concern for not only the people they train with but their gym and professors as well. It seems as though everyone is the central support system for somebody else, despite having their own concerns and stress at home and work. 

It only takes a few seconds to look online to see practitioners reaching out to one another, no matter how far away they may be. People offering to pay their gym’s rent or still offering to pay monthly fees without being able to attend classes have abounded throughout Canada and the U.S. Fees have become a donation in many situations, and they don’t come seldomly.

Jiu-Jitsu has proven to us time and time again that you are never alone in any situation and that you will never truly be without the sport. Through underground open mats, online seminars, zoom classes, or the like. When COVID-19 strikes… Jiu-Jitsu prevails.

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