First impressions set the tone of a relationship. I was walking by on an errand when I noticed the sign for martial arts in front of Industrial Strength Gym. The picture above was two competitors sparring in no-gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and in the heart of St. Johns, Portland no less. I walked in and I was immediately greeted warmly and openly. I shared I have trained BJJ before and that set the tone with myself and Tony where he gave me an immediate tour, a breakdown of the schedule, pricing, and all the other incidentals. It immediately felt that I would be a part of a team that is there to train and support each other in the sport we love.
Some months into my training, I had to step away from training BJJ due to medical reasons. I could exercise, but I wasn’t able to participate in BJJ for some time. Tony made it very easy for me to transition to Industrial Strength’s Kettlebell training program so I could continue to exercise and remain strong until I return to the mats at a future date. Tony introduced me to coach who was teaching the On-Ramp program and I learned a lot of excellent exercises using kettlebells that I felt gave me near immediate results. I felt my body become stronger and more balanced, which translated to better BJJ performance later. What I thought was going to be a tough time not being able to train has become a blessing in being able to explore new skills and strengths that I can apply in other physical activities.
Since joining Industrial Strength I have become a big fan of the team and the program they’re putting together. An inclusive group looking to always support each other, build each other, develop our skills, and bring fun into everyday martial arts and fitness. I look forward to going to my class each day.