Why I’m a Member of Vanguard Gym – Gary

Douglas Esposito Coaches Who Care, Family, Goal Setting, Member Stories, Self-Defense, Self-Discipline, Want a Great Team

“I enjoy doing stuff with my kids. I try to spend quality time with them by engaging in things that they like to do. But it’s not always easy because they don’t all share a common interest. So sometimes I have to do things individually with them. I was there to support my eldest son when he was doing football and basketball. I’m there to support my second son who is into wheelchair sports. He goes to wheelchair basketball at least twice a week and I’m always there with him. But for my youngest kid, my daughter, it was a bit harder to find something we both can enjoy.

She was into shopping and boy bands which are not really my thing. So I had to think of something that will interest her. I was looking for something that will really challenge us both physically and mentally and teach us discipline. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a fascination with martial arts. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do anything about it because of a number of things.

I fiddled with the idea of fulfilling a childhood dream and doing it with somebody I love. So one day I brought up the idea of me and her doing jiujitsu. I was actually surprised that she said yes. So once we decided on what we were going to do, the next step was to look for a good gym with coaches that care and understand every individual’s needs and capabilities. We did a lot of research and ultimately found Vanguard Gym.

We went to the gym and signed up for the 3-day trial period. At first I was a bit apprehensive because this is the first time we’re actually stepping into a martial arts gym. It was a bit intimidating for us. But then we met and worked with the coaches and they were some of the nicest and friendliest people we’ve ever met. They made us feel right at home immediately. So before our first class was even over, we knew already that we found the program we want and a gym with coaches who will help us attain our goals.

We truly enjoy working with our coaches, the staff, and of course our fellow students. We’ve learned a lot from all of them. Sometimes we come home with a few bumps or bruises, but it’s working with these people that truly make it all worth it. I’ve been with Vanguard Gym just over a couple of months and I can truly say I’ve enjoyed and continue to enjoy every minute of it. It’s the thing that keeps us coming to the gym as often as we can.”



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