Earlier this Month, I achieved one of my long term goals and opened my own jiu-jitsu gym, No Limits Grappling Academy in Blakely PA. Obviously, this is a big deal for me and something I’m really proud of. One of the biggest questions that I’ve gotten since I’ve opened though is
“Why No Limits?”
So, I will attempt to answer Why No Limits Grappling Academy is here
Ever since I was a young kid, I loved wrestling. Admittedly, it started with Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior but then I remember watching wrestling in the Olympics and thinking “I would like to do that one day” It wouldn’t be until my Senior year of high school that I actually joined the wrestling the wrestling team but from the minute I stepped foot on the mat, I was hooked on the sport.
I loved that to be successful, you need to work hard, that things needed to be EARNED, that you didn't really deserve anything unless you worked for it. There was a very real feeling about wrestling that I felt equated to life so well. Unfortunately, some of the administration at my school didn't see my new found passion as a good thing, but more of a legal obstacle and out of fear of my getting hurt, never allowed me to compete in an actual wrestling match.
The fire was already lit though and there was no snuffing it out.
Soon after high school, I would start training in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. Both of these sports had a similar feeling to wrestling, except with these sports, there are no JV or Varsity teams and no one was vying for the same spot in a lineup, everyone just worked to help each other get better. Judo and Jiu-jitsu also brought together people from all walks of life; the aspiring world champion trained alongside the guy who just got of a shift working construction, the financial planner, and the stay at home mom and although outside the 4 walls of training area, might never have interacted, inside they were a team working to improve each others skills.
I want the culture for No Limits to be a combination of both the wrestling and jiu-jitsu worlds. I want our training environment to be one where both a casual hobbyist and an aspiring world champion can both achieve whatever goals they may have whether that's winning fights, losing weight or making friends. It can be a place for both the younger and older athlete alike but it will always be a place where the focus is placed on the process aka the work that it takes to achieve a goal rather than the outcome (Medals, belts, trophies, rank)
Competition will also be an integral part of who we are as a gym. In fact, it will be one of our core values. I can already hear the grumbling and groaning from some judo and jiu-jitsu people who read that last sentence because unlike in wrestling, where competing in matches and tournaments is expected, some in martial arts think that competition within the martial arts is a waste of time and that training should transcend the sport aspect.
We don’t share that opinion.
However, with that being said, None of our students/athletes will ever be forced to compete in a tournament or match setting. We simply ask that all of our members “compete” with the person that they were the training session before in order to improve their skills and the skills of their training partners.
For those who DO wish to participate in competitive tournaments or matches, we want to provide a training environment where they can receive the type of coaching, mentorship and skill development necessary to be able to compete and eventually compete at a high level. Regardless of what a person's aspirations may be, we will constantly strive to review and refine our coaching and teaching methodologies to help all of our members/athletes achieve whatever goals they have.
No Limits has been a dream of mine for a long time I know that this will be an uphill climb and that sometimes I set a very high standard for myself and for the people that I coach but I know that when all is said and done, No Limits will be a very special place where a community is forged, goals are met, champions are made and lives are changed
“Why No Limits”