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A Note to our Members (plus a second note below)

UPDATE

As of July 6th, 2020 Valko BJJ will be re-opening.  THANK YOU to all of our members and donors who have supported us while we were closed.  Initially, we will be doing a soft re-opening for members only.  We are temporarily operating on a limited schedule with limited class sizes.  In order to attend class, members must pre-register for a specific class.  Spots are limited, if you do not pre-register you will not be able to train.  To train, members must also fill out a waiver before showing up for class.  We are implementing many strategies to safely train during the era of COVID-19, including limiting class size and partners.  It will be touch and go for a while, but with any luck we'll be able to keep adding classes and open back up to new members sooner than later.  

--Jay Valko 7/1/2020

 

First Note

The Covid-19 Coronavirus came out of nowhere and hit us hard and fast.  In order to keep the school strong while we've had to close, I've worked out a plan that I think is a fair way to keep memberships going for those who are able to. It's perfectly reasonable to stop your membership, classes are cancelled for as long as need be. If you are in a financially vulnerable position, I want you to cancel your membership.

It took me a few days of thinking, but here's what I've come up with:

For those of you on the monthly membership, if you are able to keep your subscription going while we're closed, at some point in the future when this is all over, I will pause your subscription for an equal amount of time. For example, if this thing keeps us closed for two months and you're able to keep paying your tuition, at some point in the future I will pause your payments for two months and you can keep training during that time. I can make this work for every single member, just not all at the same time. I would pause a few people at a time until I eventually got through everyone.

10-pack or 6-month packages; For those on the 10-pack, if you have, say, 5 classes left and know you're going to buy 10 more after that, if you're able to buy now you'll have 15 classes available. For the 6-months memberships; we'll just extend your current membership until we re-open and if you pay ahead for the next 6-months we won't start that util the appropriate time. If possible, Venmo or Chase Quick Pay are better than PayPal due to fees.

I'm not looking for anyone to pay without exchange, I'm just shuffling the time deck. I only want you to consider this if you can afford to. Take care of yourself and your family first.

When this is all over, if somehow I'm up and running before you have your job/income back and you cannot afford to train for a while, you can train without paying until you're on firm ground. Some of you know firsthand that I won't let money prevent members from training. I think, not coincidently, some of the people who know that firsthand have already sent in extra payments (you know who you are, and thank you).

This is a very tough situation for many people. I will try to help all of you in the ways that I can. I know some of you are similar situations, maybe this plan can serve as a template to help you through as well. 

If you are a potential member, this all applies to you as well.  If you register for the 6-months during this time off, it will not start until we are back to normal.  If you register for the monthly membership, you will be paid back with training time after this is all over.  

Thank you all for the unbelievable support.

--Jay Valko 3/18/2020

Second Note 

In response to the school being temporarily closed and to the knowledge that some members have lost their incomes, we've received some donations and several members have taken to sponsoring tuition.  What they've done is paid tuition beyond their own membership so that if the school re-opens before some of the members have gotten their income back, the tuition of those members who have lost their jobs will be covered.  

This has been a totally bottom up approach that I hadn't thought of.  It's been very rewarding to see the team come together to help each other and to support the academy.  If you would like to make a donation or to sponsor tuition, you can click the PayPal link below or Venmo James-Valko or Chase Quick Pay/Zelle to valkobjj@gmail.com.  Any amount is appreciated, feel free to attach a note if you'd like to sponsor tuition.
 
Thank You.
 
--Jay Valko 4/20/2020