Every so often we like to take a look at some of the reviews we’ve gotten for our martial arts classes. We’re very interested in why people stick around, what they like about our classes, and what we could do to improve their experience. Let’s take a look at what one of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students has to say about the BJJ classes.

I started training at IMA about 3 months ago because I wanted to try something new and it was totally worth it . IMA offers a family atmosphere, positive vibe, challenging yourself. Always wanting to help each other out to get better in our training. In our BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) class is not about the toughest or the strongest, it’s about how gentle you can be and still defeat your opponent and I love that concept!

— Cristina Peña Bautista

Thanks for writing in, Cristina, and we appreciate the kind words. You’ve said a lot, so let’s break it down.

First, we’re certainly happy that you decided on martial arts as a new experience. There are many ways to get exercise and many ways to defend yourself, but martial arts classes give you that “one-stop-shopping” so that you can get both in one package.

Second, we’re glad you picked up on the positive attitude we’re all about. We don’t want to destroy you and make you feel bad; we want to lift you up and see you get better! As you said, we challenge you because we want to see you achieve the goals that we put before you and those that you set for yourself. Whether it’s the instructors or your fellow martial arts classmates helping, we’re going to help you become a better BJJ student.

Third, we’re so glad you found that martial art that’s perfect for you. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is deceptively powerful, which is why it’s such an integral part of mixed martial arts. It’s the perfect class to take for those who are interested in defending themselves even if they’re not muscle-bound. Why be the aggressor when you can simply diffuse the situation?

Once again, thanks for writing in, Cristina. We’re happy to have you as a customer and student and hope you’ll stick around for years. And for any of you who are interested in joining our classes, find the right one for you on our schedule.