What to expect training at this gym
It’s pretty nerve-racking the first time walking into a martial arts gym. You don’t know what to expect and unsure of how you will be received but know this: you will never be treated like a punchbag or bullied.
We provide a safe learning environment to build trust and to expose our vulnerabilities. We share this experience together and seek a win-win outcome for everyone. The desired goal is to discover the weakest links of your game as well as the strengths to build on. This may be uncomfortable for some but very necessary to have a clear understanding of your present capabilities. If you are uncomfortable in dealing with being pushed out of your comfort zone via challenge drills, you will need to re-examine your personal goals and your reasons for wanting to train with us. Understand the difference between challenge-play and being bullied.
Whether it is in the self defense training, martial arts or fitness programs, we constantly remind ourselves that once we were beginners too. If you are looking to lose a few kilo, tone up and get in shape with longevity and overall wellness in mind then give us a try. If you want to get huge, body build, smash personal records then you’ll be better off at a body building or competitive gym. We don’t train to compete with others but for personal growth, enjoyment and for as long as possible.
We are not a competition-focused gym rather we seek to honour the original intentions of martial arts; that is, for personal safety and the protection of our loved ones as the primary motivator. Sports and the competitive element is important and not neglected but lies a close second on our list of importance as having an athletic base is vital to achieving personal safety objectives. We would like our clients to be confident in knowing how to defend themselves effectively first before being able to win medals. These two pursuits share the same mindset but involve different skill sets and we educate our clients on these crucial differences.
While we do our best to communicate the techniques and training protocols in each group lesson, be reminded that these are group classes and we work with a group of people. You will also need to work with others. Should you require more time or attention to work on learning the techniques, please take in a deep breathe, focus your attention to what is being shown and work alongside your training partner on the given task at hand. We don’t judge anyone on their ability or lack of, in learning these skills. It is difficult at the beginning and more so if you are distracted from earlier events during your day or frustrated at getting the technique. It is your sole obligation to remember the techniques being taught and we ensure we provide examples of when you can apply these techniques. You have to put in the effort to learn and apply them. We cannot make that happen for you magically.
We aim to provide a professional learning experience based on a fair monetary exchange subject to market forces so you know that our rates are competitive and fair. After all, we have rent to pay, staff salaries and taxes to pay too. We encourage people of all ages and walks of life to try our programs but also realise that not everyone likes what we do nor are the programs suitable for them so there is a trial period for us to get to know each other.
Much work and effort is committed in building a family-feel community where we joke with and tease each other but we are also there to support one another. We are not here to put each other down, life already does a good job at that, rather we try to boost each other to get through another day. By all means, we are not the only way to achieve this but it’s a healthier way to deal with life’s unexpected punches and kicks.
I look forwards to meeting you if you are considering trying out any of the programs at our facility.
Please reach out to us or any of our Front Desk team, coaching team for any questions you may have and we will try our best to address your queries.
My martial arts and fitness related training history below:
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Year : Rank : Instructor
• Nov 2002 Began Training : Samuel Wee
• 2004 Blue Belt : Samuel Wee
• 2006 Purple Belt : Prof. John Will (Master Rigan Machado)
• 2008 Purple Belt 1 degree : Prof. Rodney King (Master Rigan Machado)
• 2009 Brown Belt : Rodney King
• 2010 Brown Belt 1 degree : Rodney King
• 2013 Brown Belt 2 degree : Rodney King
• 2014 Brown Belt 3 degree : Rodney King
• 2015 Black Belt : Rodney King
• 2018 Black Belt 1 Degree : Rodney King