With the rising popularity of jiu-jitsu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, many savvy practitioners have looked into opening an academy or school as a way to integrate their love of the sport into a business opportunity. While any business is difficult to get started, perhaps the aspect that is the most complicated is the facility planning. What features does a jiu-jitsu school need? How big of a building should you aim for? Today, Sports Facilities Management will discuss the facility planning that you need to start a jiu-jitsu school.
Facility Planning for Jiu-Jitsu
The first aspect of facility planning you need to focus on is probably the most obvious — a building. Most people will look to rent a location; however, there are multiple factors you should consider before choosing.
Location – The phrase, ‘Location, Location, Location’ is famous because it is hard to emphasize just how important location is to the success of a business. Your academy should be in an area that is convenient for your students. If someone has to drive hours in traffic to train at your gym, it is very likely they will quit or move to a more convenient academy. An easy to reach, centrally-located location is ideal.
Size – Your gym needs to be large enough to host a full class, with room for pairs to roll during practice. In general, class size will likely stay under 30 students at one time. Not only do you need enough room to allow your students to comfortably roll, but amenities such as locker rooms, an office, and reception area should be taken into account.
Features – Locker rooms should have showers and changing rooms for both men and women. Gym mats will be a significant investment, but options do exist for mat rentals if you prefer. Many gyms install barriers between concrete or wood floors and the mats themselves. These can generally be installed quite easily by the owner at a relatively low cost, but will drastically lower injuries in the long run. You may want to eventually add furniture and supplies as the need arises, but they aren’t necessary for your gym to open.
Interested in Learning More About Jiu-Jitsu Facility Planning?
If you are looking for experts on facility planning to assist you in the development and management of a jiu-jitsu school, contact the experts at SFM. Our team is dedicated to helping our clients bring athletic and fitness options to their communities. Contact SFM today at 727-474-3845.