2020 is a big milestone year for me. It is 25 years since I started BJJ & Muay Thai Kickboxing training and 20 years since I started coaching. Here is the next part. Feel free to like, comment and share this post.
Part 3 of 5: 2000 – 2002
I wanted a career in martial arts. I started talking to coaches, academy owners, business people and started reading books about running a business. My favourite 2 books about running a business was “The E-Myth” and “How to run a small business for dummies”. You may laugh about that last book but it is actually a great all in one resource. I strongly recommend anyone wanting to run a small business to read the above two books.
I started teaching my first BJJ class in August 2000 at my first martial arts coach’s academy IMC in Kemps Creek run by Paul Zadro. I taught there every Friday until May 2002 when I opened up my full-time academy. In the first photo below two of the students Bren Foster and Dean Vella I presented BJJ Black Belts to and are still with me today!
In July 2001 John Simon moved to Melbourne and I took over teaching at the All-Souls Anglican church in Leichhardt. There were about 10 students when I took over. I built it up to about 50 students in May 2002. Not bad for a part time academy where we had to lay down and pull up the mats before and after every class. I remember the class after us was a “Clog dancing” class. Oh, they hated us. We were always late in finishing and packing up and after 2 hours of BJJ & Muay Thai we left them a nice musty sweat smell for them!
In May 2002 I opened up SPMA with Elvis Sinosic. I moved the Leichhardt and Kemps Creek locations to Concord and started running a full timetable 5 nights per week and 3 mornings per week. At the same time, I was still working a full-time job during the day and was a bouncer on the weekends. It was tough but I loved it!
Tomorrow is Part 4: 2003 – 2015.
Coach Anthony Perosh
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