Trench Tech reopens 

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TRENCH Tech, which shut down in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has reopened while observing safety protocols.

For the past three weeks, Trench Tech founder Cuki Alvarez said he has been holding small private classes with family members as well as conducting open mat Brazilian jiu-jitsu sessions with his core group and staff  while keeping a distance, wearing face masks and checking body temperatures. 

"It was like a ‘practice run,’ so to speak, in preparation for reopening officially to the general public,” he told Variety. “All went well.”

Trench Tech is now conducting K1 kickboxing, circuits and boxercise classes every Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and every Friday, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Alvarez said these classes are exclusive to their current members or members who have already been enrolled before the pandemic protocols shut down the gym operations. Masks are mandatory for all classes, he added.

 

 

Trench Tech staff and members pose for a photo during a recent boxercise class at the Trench Tech gym. Contributed photo

Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Alvarez offers BBJ open mat for adults only. There are no instructors and members could come in and do solo drills or partner drills and sparring.

Trench Tech is charging a $5 drop-in fee for all classes and is not collecting monthly membership fees. The gym may be forced to close its doors again so it does not want members to be obligated to pay monthly fees.

Alvarez is fully aware of the risks involved in full-contact sports, saying he and his staff are ensuring that their gym is safe and clean for public use.

He reiterated that body temperatures will be checked and face masks must be worn upon entering the facility. There are sanitizing stations at the main entrance and hallway with three more stations spread throughout the gym, he added.

“We will accept 16 bodies only inside the gym at any given time to allow proper social distancing,” Alvarez said, adding that there will be no contacts in the kickboxing, circuits and boxercise classes.

For the BBJ classes, members must use mouthwash provided by the gym and sanitize their hands before training. They can choose to roll with the other members. All members must bring their own towel and water bottles. 

“The members are fully aware of the risks involved,” Alvarez said.

As for the kids classes, Alvarez is still contemplating whether to resume them.  “We still have not officially opened for the kids classes as we are still getting mixed feelings and concerns from parents. But we will inform everyone once we get a consensus from all of them and decide to open.”

With sports slowly coming back, there could be a chance that the octagon might make its appearance after a long absence, he said. “I am hoping! Realistically, early to mid-2021 is our goal.”

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