Garry Tonon announced that he has unfortunately been forced to move his gym, Brunswick BJJ, to a new location as the building’s leaseholder has gone bankrupt. While this definitely isn’t good news for Tonon, things could definitely be a whole lot worse. Brazilian coaches and fighters gathered together to protest their restrictions as many of them were in desperate need of income and wanted to be able to run private sessions in order to stay afloat. Even in the USA, there are gyms like Rice Brothers Jiu-Jitsu who have chosen to open directly against legal restrictions, as they too need to make money in this uncertain climate.
While some gyms are fighting for survival, others have already lost the fight. Even Grappler’s Guide owner, Jason Scully, has gone to work raising funds for the gyms around America that are struggling right now, having managed to raise over $30,000 in total. Garry Tonon is in a unique position even among gym owners as it’s only been around two months since Brunswick BJJ actually opened, and already he’s got no choice but to move location once the Coronavirus issue is in the rear-view mirror.
He made the announcement in a post on his official Instagram Account:
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Summary: I was subleasing my gym, and the primary leaseholder went bankrupt/defaulted. This terminates my lease. Building owner was not interested in renegotiating a new lease despite me having money to continue to pay rent. We have like 3 weeks or so to leave (technically we could stay longer because courts are closed, but it would be meaningless Because we'd have to leave anyway.) I have no problem with operating against the governors orders, in fact I was about to announce to my students that I was going to do that. However since now we would have to move to a new facility build again, and reopen illegally, it no longer makes sense to do so. It would be taking on a huge financial risk, just to potentially get shut down anyway. Think of it this way. If you were going to start a new Bjj school, would you try to open one right now? My heart tells me to find a new place, open and not give af, but my brain tells me not to bankrupt my business when we could save money and re-open in the future. this is not the end for @brunswickbjj but a new beginning. We have lost a lot, but we will come back stronger. Despite being heartbroken that I'm temporarily losing my life's work, Understand financially I'm going to be ok. While I appreciate all of you offering to send me money and things like you did on my last post, there are many people in this world that need charity, but I am not one of them. That's not because I look down on people who need and get financial help, it's just because I genuinely don't need it, and would feel wrong accepting it. If you want to support me, buy an instructional, book a private with me, book me for a seminar, sponsor me, but I'm not taking free money, I gotta work for it. love you all, I am sad, but I'm more sad that there are people out there who are never going to be able to bounce back from this????????