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How is COVID-19 affecting your MMA life?

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We would love to know how athletes, trainers, coaches and gym owners are coping through the pandemic.

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Most importantly, whether anyone can share how they have diversified to make an income, any ideas to get people through it financially?

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If you can share any thoughts or ideas to help the MMA community through the next few weeks we would greatly appreciate it, just drop a comment below. πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

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Daniel Feldroy @ Los Angeles

Being in Los Angeles the gyms are closed. Even if they were open, I live with someone who is at high risk for complications should they contract COVID-19. So going forward I am in quarantine.

Fortunately my BJJ coach has been excellent at teaching online. I have no idea where his patience comes from. All we can do is focus on technique, and people either have a dummy (like me) or train with a significant other. For me, just focusing on technique has been useful. I've cleaned up a lot of what I've been doing.

That said, when I can go back to rolling (probably not this year because of second wave), I'm sure that crisper technique or not, my lack of working against a live opponent is going to see me lose a lot.

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Lee Author

Great insight, thanks! Do you thinking that knowing and being able to train BJJ with a dummy as helped with your mental health during the crisis? Also, how cautious do you think you will be with an opponent once you are able to roll again?

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Daniel Feldroy @ Los Angeles

Training BJJ with a dummy has absolutely helped my mental health during quarantine. It really helps to be able to work off stress and anxiety in a creative way. I had worried I would lose that with the loss of rolling, but that hasn't been the case.

As for being cautious with opponents once I return, our coach (who wrestled and did sambo) trains us to take an offensive posture at all times. So if I do that I'm going to get yelled at. Ha ha!

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Lee Author

πŸ™πŸ½ Great approach Daniel πŸ₯‹πŸ₯‹

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hannahwoking

You have to get online somehow, there are many ways to do it, you can easily setup a private facebook group or whatsapp group and provide personal training tips and videos and maybe help coach people that way, get all your contacts together and keep it going, everyone has a smart phone, everyone can join group video and workout together, it is all about keeping up the momentum so people don't forget about you x

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Abbey Shepard

My Gym are organising things slightly differently, 1-hour personal slots without breaking the social distance rules, personal 1 on 1 training but the cost per training session is as if it were personal and we are not at our usual location.

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Ramone Warren

Definitely home workouts. I also think that it is good contingency for the future for every gym to have in gym facilities and home.

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Lee Author

Difficult to setup in a very short space of time though right?