So you’ve been training BJJ for a couple of years already. You’re one of the best Jiujiteiros in your team and you’ve gained some experience in teaching others… What’s more, you came to like coaching so much so that you’re now thinking about opening your very own academy!
That’s a great goal. However, before you take the leap, take these points into serious consideration first.
1. DO YOU WANT TO RUN A BUSINESS OR TO JUST TEACH?
Alright, you might like teaching others and watching them become better in Jiu Jitsu. But you could continue or start doing this in the academy you’re already a part of and training at – so why do you want to open up a new one?
If you don’t possess at least a tiny amount of love for business as well… Then you might be better off just being a coach in an academy, not an academy owner. But if you’re intrigued about the idea of owning a business, then be ready to take on full responsibility!
2. ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ON FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE NEW ACADEMY?
When you’re a BJJ academy owner, you can’t just coach your students and then be done with the day. No, no, no – it doesn’t work like that.
You’ll need to think about dealing with the finances, the legal stuff, the marketing, the work-induced stress… BJJ isn’t just a fun activity anymore, where you’re able to forget about everything else; it’s now a job!
You and only you are responsible for the academy’s success. Are you ready for that?
Coral belt Carlos Machado answers two questions:
- How to go with training partners that go 100% all the time?
- Is owning a BJJ academy a good investment?