I received my new member "welcome" card and thought you might like some feedback on my first class at TAC.
Quickly first, I am currently a brown belt in American Freestyle Karate and a 4th level kickboxer and have trained with some INSANE Senseis/Renshis/Instructors. When our top Senseis left our club, bag classes became a thing of the past and I no longer felt like I was getting a "real" workout. I am all about the hardcore workout you get in a bag/boxing/padwork and drills class and after yesterdays class at the Trainyards (with Jamie), I think I've found it again. He's a great instructor and, the fact that you have a truly qualified instructor teaching these classes says it all. Unlike other clubs who send their teachers on a "mandatory, anyone-can-get-certified, weekend course", having an actual qualified martial artist, makes ALL the difference in the world. I am currently awaiting two knee replacements and wanted to drop some extra lbs. before my surgeries. I was worried that I wasn't going to find the quality of class that I was used to but now my worries are over.
Also, I used to be a competitive bodybuilder and have been training in the weightroom since I was only 15 (now 43) and have belonged to many clubs over the years. I am so impressed with the facility in general. All I can say is, I can't believe a facility of this kind took so many years to make an appearance. I live a long 25 minute car ride from the nearest TAC but it is worth every cent in gas + memb.
So, I just wanted to thank you for bringing the club to Ottawa and for giving me back my drive.