OH NOES!!!111 I´ve been training at a bullshido gym!!!11ONE
I´m really not sure if this goes in bullshido, or in GB. Anyway, I´ll post this here and risk a 24h ban, because it´s about fraud and scam.
If any of you know me, and remmeber the little amount of posts I´ve done about my gym, you would know that so far I haven´t had but nice words about it. To be honest, I´ve never thought my gym was the best of all, nor even one of the very best. But it was cheap, in comparision. I payed 50€ per motnh for about 4 hours per week in kickboxing and free access to the weights room. No fees, no further payments, no giving bank data, no nothing, just cash.
At my gym we had one of the very few BJJ blackbelts in my town (Madrid, capital of Spain, in case you´re wondering, and the biggest and most populated city in the country, altrought it may seem a little village compared to the big cities in the USA). I tried the BJJ class a couple of times, but due to time schedules (I was working and studying until very recently, I´ve finished college just some months ago), I was never able to add the BJJ to my current training, altrough it would cost me just 5€ extra per month. Really cheap. Now I regret I didn´t start BJJ when I had the time for it, but I digress.
The gym was not the best of all, I may say, the equipment in the weight room was quite worn out, the trainer (who, by the way, was the owner of the gym, my kickboxing instructor and a purple BJJ belt) didn´t care too much about the people in the weight room. He hesitated a little when asked for advice, as if he´d rather be doing anything else but attend his duties. And most of the time he was. He spent most of his time watching PRIDE, UFC and grappling videos in his computer, rather than checking and helping the people in the weight room. Man, I´ve seen people lifting oddly. I wonder how many of them will have injuries in the future. When he talked to them, he was just trying to sell people things like protein shakes, L-carnitine, creatine, and the like. He even insinuated me once something about steroids.
That made me suspicious about him, but I enjoyed training there so I just didn´t pay attention to all that crap and just ignored him whenever he brought that crap up, or simply changed the subject.
Now, let´s get down to the point. Months ago I had to stop training because of lack of money and time. Qualified jobs are very hadrd to get in Spain, at least in my field (journalism) and most of the time you have to deal with unpaid overtime, or shitty time shedules, or both. But finally, I managed to get a time shedule that leaves me with plenty of time to get back to training, further my education or do whatever I want.
So this morning I went to gym again to sign up for MT (supposedly, the MT Thailand master whit whom I trained this july was still teaching there), weights and BJJ (just try to imagine how excited and illusioned I was) and it was closed. First uh-oh. Well, maybe he was just prolonging his winter holidays.
There was a lot of unpicked mail at the door. Second uh-oh. He didn´t earn enough to go anywhere on holidays.
Then, my flatmate returns from his parents´ home (he was away for the holidays). He goes to his gym (not MA in it, weight room is better, though) and when he comes back he tells me the following:
He encountered the former owner of the gym, the one who sold it to my ex-kickboxing instructor. He told my flatmate that my ex-kickboxing instructor charged everyone the fee of the last month (payments had to be done between the 1st and 7th day of the month), adn then "closed for reforms". Now, this "closed for reforms" turns out to be "closed forever".
I must say that I really wasn´t surprised the gym closed. It was so poorly managed that regular clients (inherited from said former owner, an honest guy who sold the gym because he wasn´t making enough money, and an oldschool boxing instructor) were dropping and new clients lasted less than a month, usually. A cheap gym, with a nice enough weight room and a wide selection of MA´s (kickboxing, and lately MT, Capoeira, BJJ, kung fu, Shan Shou, traditional jiu-jitsu, kempo, judo, and a class dedicated to train proffesional security guards and policemen in self defence) and all it does is lose clients one by one? How can it be? Poor management and lack of investment from the owner (you should see the poor condition of the heavy bags).
Well, at least he didn´t scam ME any money.
But now I find myself looking for gyms near my home. Most of them have no MAs or don´t have the ones I´m looking for (boxing/kickboxing/MT/KK/Sanda and BJJ), I mean, Ninjutsu?, Taichi? For christ´s sake! Or are too far for me to bother with them (if I can´t go walking to the gym, I´d probably won´t go everyday, knowing your own weakness is very important).
Not too far from my home there is this gym, in which I can train BJJ thrice a week, boxing or kickboxing thrice a week, and weights, all for 69€ per month. Now, that crossed my line for "expensive", but I think I can afford it... I guess... I hope. I´ve been told wonders about that gym. In fact, Fabrizio Werdum trained there and, from time to time, he used to give a couple of lessons. I dunno if he still trains there. The current BJJ instructor is a brazilian guy. I beleive is the same one who was at my gym when I joined the class (before the aforementioned blackbelt came, he was brazilian too, BTW). He was a purple belt at the time (about a year and half ago), so maybe he´s brown or black belt now, I don´t now. If he´s the same guy, it´s cool, because I liked very much what I saw in his class and is a very friendly cool guy. The description the clerk girl gave me matches, and the name matches too, if I recall correctly.
This very afternoon I´m checking two or three gyms more near my house. One of them has a pool too. I won´t take no less than a striking art (see above for my preferences) and a grappling art, BJJ at the top.
I hope everything turns out well for me. I want to get this issue solved today.
Wish me luck, guys, and sorry for the rant.
I also apologize to the admins and mods if this thread does not belong here, or is not pertinent.