The current COVID-19 situation in the world is a very serious one; people are getting sick, oftentimes critically, and countries are attempting to fight the disease by going through extreme lockdown procedures. These procedures have, unfortunately, changed the BJJ landscape as well – the academies are closed and training has, for the most part, come to a sudden stop.
As the coronavirus continues to spread, fitness & Martial arts gyms around the country are shutting their doors and adjusting to a new reality.
The fitness industry which includes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies, is most exposed to coronavirus-related revenue.
Many will have to adapt by following these changes:
Now the good people at Gracie Barra, the world’s biggest BJJ franchise, have taken it one step further by introducing “non contact Jiu-Jitsu” classes allowing a max of eight students per class. The students will have to come to class already in Gracie Barra Gi (no changing at school).
The students will bring their own homemade grappling dummy, and will follow the instructions of the instructor and do solo drills with the dummy. Each “pair” of dummy and student will be separated by adequate space.
This phase should last up to four weeks and if the situation with COVID 19 decreases, GB will start to implement limited partner drilling, and slowly increase contact.