Ju jitsu kicks back into business with new-look venue
A Nambour ju jitsu centre will reopen to the public in a new premise after student numbers increased and floods rendered their former venue untenable.
Garra Brazilian Ju Jitsu are set for a phased reopening from next week.
The past three months were spent renovating their new venue on Currie St – the change spurred on by issues with mould caused by flooding in their previous location.
Head coach and proprietor of Garra Nambour, Michael Pegg, hoped it would give those on the club’s waiting list a chance to practice with their current 40 students.
Garra Nambour first opened in the Price Street location in March 2019.
“We were in quite a small space, but considering we’d only just opened in Nambour it worked out well,” Mr Pegg said.
“The rent was quite cheap and I didn’t want to take too big of a risk because I wasn’t sure how well received it would be in the community.”
The club had only been operating for one year when COVID-19 hit.
Their excitement for the relocation to Currie St was marred by the closure of indoor sporting clubs that were announced the day after signing the new lease.
While shouldering a loss of revenue, Mr Pegg used it as a renovation opportunity.
“While (COVID-19) had a negative financial impact for many, as a result of this, people are checking what their priorities are,” he said.
“There’s nothing like a removal of choice to make you re-evaluate at what you really should be doing.”
BJJ will open on Monday, July 6 for adult classes and Friday, July 10 for kids’ classes.
“Initially in light of what’s happened over the last three months, we’re going to focus on ju jitsu, rather than open varied classes,” Mr Pegg said.
“Then, as the needs present themselves, we’ll re-evaluate what we should and shouldn’t be opening.”
Mr Pegg, who also works in mental health and has a Masters in clinical exercise physiology, hopes to expand BJJ to undertake community-based projects.
“I want to give back to the community to offer ju jitsu to people who wouldn’t normally have access to it,” he said.
“It’s a sport that can really ... change lives.”