1/28/2009 9:30pm, #11
The MA community as a whole should take note.
1/28/2009 9:32pm, #12
1/28/2009 9:47pm, #13
- Join Date
- Nov 2005
- Boca Raton
1/28/2009 10:55pm, #14
That is a stand up thing to do Steve.
To build off this theme, my gym is a not-for-profit venture, as I have a dayjob, so to speak.
We have never turned folks away if they are having financial issues,we can always work something out. Another good guy on the mat is more important than a couple of bucks.
In addition we offer several scholarships for high school aged young adults. The scholarships include equipment, dues, and national membership.
I am happy to be included in a group who sees this type of thing as not only the right thing to do, but also as the norm.
Seattle Jujutsu Club
1/28/2009 11:20pm, #15
Steve, you are a fantastic human being.
That being said, is the six months figure a continually updating thing, as in only guys who've been unemployed less than six months, or do you just mean since July 28th or there-a-bouts?
1/29/2009 12:22am, #16Originally Posted by Hesperus
Unfortunately, I have many paying students and have to give them priority and can't have the gym filling up. Also, unfortunately, this is how I make my living, So, I have to have some limits.
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1/30/2009 6:38pm, #17
- Join Date
- Jun 2006
- Northern Westchester County
SS, as someone who was just laid off - this is fantastic! The MMA training was the first thing I had to cut and the only thing keeping me from coming down is the travel. That being said, if I am employed in the city you can be damn sure I will be coming to your school for paid training.
Short term caring equals long term loyalty. Other schools should take note.
1/30/2009 7:56pm, #18
This is so fantastic Steve, I dont even know what to say.
1/30/2009 10:27pm, #19
I appreciate all the feedback and support guys. I do hope more club follow our lead!
The idea is taking hold. ADCC news just posted our info on their site and Grappling Magazine contacted me and are going to run something on it as well...
2/03/2009 10:24am, #20
Glad to announce that Gracie Barra Clearwater has initiated a Tough Times Program!
Gracie Barra Clearwater wants to help those who have been hit hardest by the collapsing economy. If you have recently lost your job, you are welcome to train for free by joining our Tough Times Training program.
Enrollment in the program allows you to train at the 7:30PM classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights and the 12 noon class on Saturday at no cost.
To qualify, you must show that you were laid off within the last 6 months. You can stay enrolled in the free program for 6 months from the date you sign up or until you secure another job (whichever comes first).
If you are interested in joining, please call us at 727-204-9731.
We're hoping the economy recovers quickly, but you don't have to wait till then to train!
Credit and thanks goes to Stephen Koepfer of the American Sambo Association and New York Combat Sambo for the Tough Times Training concept.