Over the last few years, we have tried different sports and activities for our kids to participate in, whether it was soccer or golf, they wanted to really enjoy it, but their heads just weren't in the game. By chance, I found TNT, which compelled me to start researching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. What I found really piqued my interest, BJJ was an amazing martial art that has proven itself inside and outside the ring and coach Scott Tannenbaum learned and earned his black belt from the very best. Fast forward to the free trial class the kids attended, and I have never seen two boys so focused on their instructors as my kids were that day. We are talking kids who got distracted DURING their soccer games! I signed them up that day, and it's been nearly 6 months, and their interest has shown no retreat. They are eager for every class, and every open mat session, which is sometimes 5 days a week. In fact their enthusiasm was so great that I joined the adult class as well and now I can't get enough. We are in much better shape now than when we started and we are continually improving. There are not many exercise programs that has you working out hard 4-6 times per week and wanting more! And that's not all, my wife has also joined the Cardio Kick Boxing class as well. TNT has become a family affair that we all enjoy and the staff and students have become our second family.
The kids are in the Kid Jitsu classes, but it's so much more than the traditional Jiu Jitsu class. First off, the school wont make you buy their $100 gi. In fact all classes are no gi, even the adult BJJ class. Most days the coaches cover BJJ and that is their focus but they also have MMA day on Wednesdays, where the kids get to put on gloves and practice their stand-up. Every class begins with a full warm up/ conditioning session, followed by technique instruction, followed up usually with a another related technique and practice. Finally the last part of the class is rolling/sparring where the kids can practice what they learned so far in a super safe environment. Every kid in that class looks forward to the last segment, they have so much fun. Years of traditional martial arts would not have given my boys a fraction of the real world skills they now possess, skills they can be confident of because it's not just theory, it's a hands on.
The adult classes are filled with a great mix of men and women, and I have yet to run into any bad attitudes. Everyone comes in ready to learn and the coaches are always ready to teach. The format is similar to the kids class, which starts with a great warm up/conditioning session, followed by several related techniques, followed by rolling. On Wednesdays, the adults can put on their gloves and train stand up as well. Coach Scott, and the other coaches on staff including Josh, Mike, Lee, Melissa, Will, Ernie, and Duane are all super friendly and approachable and go out of their way to make sure every student is getting the most out of class, I can't say enough good things about them.
My family and I love TNT, and my wife and kids love the fact that I am on the road to a better life with my type 2 diabetes in check. Exercise is the single best activity for those with type 2 diabetes, with insulin resistance dropping significantly after moderate to intense activity. Coupled with eating a healthy diet, comprised mostly of low glycemic index foods, and lots of water, I have been able to reduce some of my medications, and I'm on the path to being off of them completely and I owe it all to TNT.
Come try a free trial class, chances are I'll be there watching or rolling. In fact I wish I was there now!