5 Signs You’re Training In A Healthy Gym Environment
If you’re fairly new to the jiu-jitsu scene or you’ve simply spent a lot of time training at one BJJ academy, you may have wondered if your training experience is “normal.” While every gym and association is different and the definition of “normal” is pretty subjective in the jiu-jitsu world, what truly matters is whether or not you’re training in an environment that is safe, healthy, and conducive to your goals.
Here are some of the fundamental points that go into creating a great gym environment:
1. The academy is physically safe.
2. All students are treated equally.
3. Your coaches are approachable.
4. Students are protected from other students
5. Your instructor doesn’t try to control you.
There’s a difference between establishing and enforcing rules and creating a cult-like environment in the gym. Your instructor should allow you to visit other academies, especially for open mats. They shouldn’t try to bribe you for extra training time or attention, and they certainly shouldn’t try to control aspects of your personal life that have no impact on your time in the gym. A great instructor guides you through your jiu-jitsu journey and gives you a push when you need it, but never drags you around by your collar.
There are many factors that go into building the best possible BJJ environment, and these are just some of the most important. Does your academy fit the bill?