It has been official for sometime, but it is probably about time to make an official announcement:
HEROES MARTIAL ARTS IS MOVING! We will be taking over the spot directly across 1st street at 450 South 1st Street
If you want to read a longish explanation of the reasons behind the move, you can check read more on this page: https://wp.me/p7Zjud-1KW
As big of a task as moving any business goes, we have tried to make this transition as smooth as possible for the member of Heroes Martial Arts. We feel it is important to note that there will be NO disruption of classes. The move itself is across the street to the former Downtown Yoga Shala location, and is a little over 100 feet away (thereby not affecting student’s commutes in any way). Don’t believe me? Check out what Google has to say:
The new facility is built out already and needs very little change on our part to make it work (seeing about swapping out reception desks and removing one door. The new facility already has bathrooms, a shower, separate changing rooms and a kitchen area. The new building is climate controlled and although I believe in our ability to tough out certain conditions, it will be nice to have Air Conditioning on days the where the temperature hits triple digits.
We will actually have two rooms of mats giving us the ability to run two classes at the same time which we are very excited about (although total mat space will be similar or slightly smaller than Heroes current mat space) and much to our regret, no more long wind sprints.
We will lose our workout area (the decision came to have either more mat space or an exercise area, we opted for a more mat space).
Also there will be a smaller waiting area and no formal student lounge as we had before (Gumby does get a much needed office however). This is less of an issue now than when Heroes first opened up as there any number of great hang out spots in the SoFA neighborhood now including Forager http://www.sjforager.com/ Uproar Brewing https://www.uproarbrewing.com/ SoFa Market http://www.sofamarketsj.com/ Academic Coffee http://www.academiccoffee.com/ Caffe Frascati http://www.caffefrascati.com/ and the Parque de los Pobladores among others.
Of course, in order to make this move go as smoothly as possible, careful planning is important (as well as flexibility to improvise). So here are some things to take note of before, during, and after our move.
BEFORE THE MOVE (Now – Nov 14)
1: Classes and events continue as normally scheduled.
2: If you left anything behind of value at Heroes, please pick it up! Anything not claimed after the move will be donated, recycled, or thrown out! We will not have the ability to “store” things at the new location.
3: We are selling some unnecessary equipment and gear we will not have room for. This includes much of the exercise equipment. Many things have been posted on Craigslist already, if any student has an interest in anything let Gumby know (we will offer discounts to Heroes Members).
During the Move (Nov 15 – Nov 30)
1: Classes and events continue as normally scheduled. Classes will continue at old location until we transfer all the mats to new location.
2: We are building a “Sprung Floor” for the main mat area. We will begin construction as soon we get keys to the new space in-between our regularly scheduled class time. Anyone who wants to help is more than welcome! To see the benefits of a subfloor and the construction method, check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzLnsk_HIQY
3: After the Sprung Floor is constructed we will begin the process of transferring the wall mats to the Main Room. Again anyone who wants to help is more than welcome.
4: Non essential assets and build out will occur during this time as well including front desk and new retail area.
5: Moving Day! (TBD) Once the Sprung Floor and Wall Mats are installed the remaining mats will be transferred to the new location. This will likely happen after class one day…
6: Mats will be laid into the Secondary Training Area and molded to fit.
7: All other assets will be transferred to the new location.
8: Old Location will be completely cleared out and keys will be handed over to landlord by November 30.
After the Move (Dec 1 – Onward)
1: Class schedule will proceed as posted through 2017.
2: Marti Malloy Women’s Only Judo for BJJ Seminar and Open mat December 2nd!
3: January 2018 Unveiling our new schedule taking full advantage of new space and two rooms.
We are looking forward to the move and thank you in advance for your understanding and help!