To begin with, I have never been to a gym. My concept of a gym was very limited and heavily reliant on scenes I see from films and movies. ‘Gym-ing’, or going to the gym, in my opinion, was a way to improve physique and tone the body into the shape that you want. It is, and always will be, about muscles – biceps, triceps, pectorals, obliques, and the forever famous gluteus maximus. I was always reluctant to go because I’ve always thought dieting is all I need. I’ve never wanted bulky muscles anyway. Well, my concept of a gym was wrong. Dead wrong.
I was recently invited to join one Brazilian Jiu Jitsu session at Gym ni Juan – thank you, The Appletizer, for that. I was reluctant at first but one session probably wouldn’t hurt. Gym ni Juan is located at the Empress Palace Building, Commission Civil Street, Jaro, Iloilo City. It is located on the uppermost floor of the building and the flight of stairs to the gym is enough for a warm up. The gym features an ensemble of gym equipment and challenging, yet motivational, quotes painted on the walls along with a nicely painted ‘Gym ni Juan’ wall mural.
The session began with an orientation about ‘Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’ – we joined with the regular Jiu Jitsu class. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, crafted in Brazil, is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on ground fighting. Jiu Jitsu is for the weak, the smaller guy, the girl who can’t defend herself or a kid who gets bullied at school as per Jiu Jitsu coach, Coach Maui. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu focuses on targeting ‘weak spots’ and applying joint locks, choke holds, and submission holds. That night we learned basic techniques and for sure our cups were filled.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, crafted in Brazil, is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on ground fighting. Here is a short clip of an actual sparring session at Gym ni Juan.
I realized gym is not always about bulking, it is also about improving overall health – and at Gym ni Juan, gain skills in combat sports and, more importantly, self-defense. Gym ni Juan, opened 2nd of June 2014, offers programs such as Body Building, Boxing, Muay Thai, and Circuit Training. Since its affiliation with Deftac Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu in 2015, the gym pursued Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and continues to promote it today as a program for weight loss, self-defense, and therapy.
‘Learn how to survive an attacker, get instruction in a safe and friendly environment. Learn the most powerful martial art used by UFC and URCC champions, law enforcement, and regular people just like you’ – Gym ni Juan
For more information, visit Gym ni Juan at the 4th floor of Empress Palace Building, Commission Civil, Jaro, Iloilo City or contact 0917 358 3030 or 0916 307 4121. Visit the official Facebook page of Gym ni Juan here.