Owners Jen and Todd Kornfield opened Catalyst Brazilian Jiu Jitsu last May, fulfilling a dream Todd Kornfield held for a long time.
A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor himself, Todd had trained and competed for more than a decade, building up a support system of friends and other competitors. He said if he was going to open his own gym, he knew it was the time in his life to take the leap.
“It’s been an adventure for sure,” Todd Kornfield said.
The gym, 1111 Diamond Valley Drive, No. 102, holds classes in the mornings and evenings, Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sundays.
While the gym’s main focus is adult and youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, its also leads classes throughout the week offering indoor cycling, kickboxing, yoga, sport fitness and conditioning.
A full schedule of classes offered at Catalyst can be found on the company’s website at http://www.catalystbjj.com/ .
Currently, the gym has 60 to 70 students, of whom about 20 are kids.
Aside from learning modern jiu jitsu techniques, Kornfield said one of the biggest things kids gain from the youth classes is confidence. He said youth classes also spend time discussing life topics like respect, goal setting, patience and anti-bullying skills.
“It’s building these well-adjusted, confident young individuals and increasing their cognitive skills, their athleticism, so whatever they do they can be more successful in,” he said.
He said the youth classes are also split pretty evenly among girls and boys.
“What’s great about that age is the boys don’t necessarily have a size advantage. It’s all about leverage,” he said. “The girls learn early on they can compete with the boys and this is about strategy and leverage and controlling your emotions and fears. That’s really cool.”
Todd Kornfield said the adult classes tend to draw in ex-military members who are drawn to the camaraderie and hand-to-hand aspects of the sport, as well as oil workers and other professionals. All of them, however, build up a “brotherhood mentality” where they become close and work to help each other improve.
For those interested in trying out jiu jitsu or another one of the gyms classes, the Kornfields recommend they give the gym a call. They said they work with new clients to determine their comfort level and goals, and figure out the best fit for what they are looking for.
“Go to our website first and give us a call. We give two weeks free,” Jen Kornfield said.