I’m trying to keep from plateauing from preparing for the NAGA event that occurred last weekend. I’m beyond excited for the Grappler’s Quest in Columbus Ohio on May 19. I’ve been slightly stressed between working full time, college full time, and the gym changing its schedule slightly that I wouldn’t have any time to train. I work 9:30-7pm most of the classes are over by 7:30 and sometimes I don’t get off work until 9:30 which sucks. I guess I’m writing this to truly express my gratitude to my other half, Brandon, the purple belt that also trains. Every night he’ll meet with me sometimes hours after the scheduled classes are over just to help me drill, or correct a mistake he noticed I’ve made in the previous week. One of my fellow teammates posted this statement today:
I’m very forunate to have some excellent teammates. Most notably Shannon after class will come up to me if she saw a certain detail in a video that she thought I would benefit from.
- Did you train with an affiliate gym? If so how was the hospitality? Were they genuine or did you feel like your presence wasn’t all that welcome?
- Was the class structure different from what you were used to? Rules different? ex: Only white gis, tie your belt facing away from the teachers.
- If you did encounter any issue how was it resolved? Ex: Was it resolved immediately, did they contact your professor, has it never been resolved.
- Did you go back? If yes why, If no why.
- Does your current gym have a policy as to how to treat visitors.
I am welcoming all responses especially anonymous ones. I’m collecting some info, feel free to email me responses as well if you don’t want them to be public. I am in the midst of writing a post about travelling and training, the pros and cons, and would like to input some personal experiences of mine as well. I’m very much on the fence. As much as I enjoy training with new individuals, making new friends, and gaining more experience the fear of offending someone has swallowed me whole. I used to be so excited aout the prospects and now not so much. I don’t think anyone should have to feel like they’re walking on eggshells the entire time. Even though I’m a college student I’ve have spent time travelling when I should have been studying or have placed much needed money aside for gas. I did all of these things because I’ve rarely had a time when the trip wasn’t worth the sacrifice but as of lately the anxiety of another travelling trip has troubled me greatly.
Unfortunately since I did not take the anonymous route I’m sure that I’ll receive a number of messages inquiring to what influenced this message altogher and there is no one event. I hope that this will instead increase awareness of how we treat each other at the gym and give others an idea of what to expect.