Continuing Jiu-Jitsu Through Coronavirus
In recent weeks governments and businesses have shut down operations in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Whether you believe this media induced panic or a legitimate threat I’m here to give you a few ways to continue your Jiu-Jitsu training during these difficult times and ensure you have an academy to go back to when this thing is all said and done.
If you feel sick DON’T GO TO CLASS. This should be common sense, but common sense is no longer “common” so if you’re feeling under the weather and your academy is still open don’t show up to class. You’re not winning any prizes by training when you’re sick and you’re not proving that you’re some sort of “tough guy”. Be a good training partner; stay home, rest, and drink plenty of water.
If your gym shuts down, and you can afford it, don’t cancel your membership. The recent mandatory shutdowns of businesses and schools is especially devastating to small businesses and most Jiu-Jitsu academies are no exception. If you can afford to do so I urge you to please keep paying your student dues even if you’re not training during this period. I know some people are going to think “I’m not training, why would I pay for something I’m not doing?” Most academies are small single or dual owner businesses who operate a very thin margin. If a gym is forced to close in the wake of this pandemic then owners can’t afford to pay for rent and utilities and will only be a matter of weeks before smaller gyms shut down.
Keep moving. If you can’t train with a live training partner then take this time to really tighten up your movement and help improve your technique. Try doing some daily stretching to help stabilize your joints and prevent yourself from getting stiff, or shrimp across your living room floor. If you’re forced to quarantine yourself for 14 days you might as well get creative with your freetime. If you have a home gym use your time away from your academy to help build your Jiu-Jitsu muscles so when you get back on the mat you don’t feel like you’ve lost your edge.
Practice good hygiene. As Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, we are more aware of the benefits of practicing good hygiene. This one shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. This includes, showering right after training, washing your hands whenever you use the bathroom, and washing your clothes after wearing them. If you haven’t been doing this already then you’re probably the reason your training partners have ringworm.
During these uncertain times it is important that we keep a level head and support each other while our communities have thrust themselves into chaos and panic. The only way you can increase your chances of staying healthy is to get a good night’s sleep, take your vitamins, and drink plenty of water. We can make it through. I’ll be sure to see you on the other side.