3 years ago, I went to my first BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) gym in Cheonan. I walked into my first gym I saw next to my house knowing no korean at all. After talking with the coach for 5 minutes, and doing some pointing and charades, I started my first class. The gym was awful, the environment was too competitive, and overall I had a bad experience. This article for people who are new to Cheonan and feel overwhelmed by the amount of BJJ gyms there are or are nervous about the language barrier. My list is not a comprehensive one, but I want to introduce you to some gyms around Cheonan ,so no matter where you live you can find a good gym close to where you live.
Gallop Multi-Gym is a gym in Chongsudong that offers Jiu- jitsu and hapkido. The gym is located near the Cheongsu English Library and has been in operation for 10 years. The head coach of the gym is Lee Dong-gi. For hapkido , The coach is a 5th Dan black belt and a blue belt in Jiujitsu under Bon Jiu-Jitsu organization. The coach runs classes with his wife. The hapkido classes are for kids only and are offered 2pm to 7:30 pm weekdays.
The Jiu Jitsu classes are 80 minutes long and offer 2 classes nightly. One at 7:30 pm and one at 9:00 pm. The average Jiu-jitsu class has about 10-20 students per class. If you want to do jiu-jitsu here you must buy the traditional jiu-jitsu outfit called “the GI” . The gym sells the GI for a one time fee of 80000 Won. The class fee for jiu-jitsu is 120,000 won a month.
The Gallop Multi-gym is located around the Cheongsu Library at 충청남도 천안시 동남구 청룡동 206-3
Phone Number 010-552-3331
10th Planet Jiu- Jitsu
10 planet Jiu Jitu is a MMA gym located near Arario Gallery and Shinshagae department store in Shinbudang. (click on the links for a great article of these two places) The gym has been operating since 2014. The head coach and owner is Lee Sung Jong (이성종). He is a Brown belt under Eddie Bravo’s Tenth planet Jiu-jitsu. Lee Sung Jong is current MMA fighter with the One FC fighting organization.
Head Coach Lee Song Jong (이성종)
The gym has about 60 members and 7 MMA fighters who train at the Gym. It is the only gym that offers MMA training to people in Cheonan. The gym is open Monday – Friday 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm. The BJJ classes are about 80 minutes long and have 2 classes nightly. One at 5:30 pm and one at 9:00pm. The gym also offers boxing classes and crossfit sytle fitness classes nightly at 7pm and 8pm. The gym has a private bathroom and separate locker rooms for men and women.
When first hearing that this was an MMA Gym I was a little nervous to train there. I was a beginner and kept thinking about UFC style fighters beating me up. Luckly the gym is great. Beginners are taught on the first day the basics of jiu jitsu and are not allowed to have a match on the first class. The MMA fighters there are very kind and patient with beginners. The class sizes are around 10 to 20 students and during the class the coach makes sure to help every student. The gym has a membership fee of 120,000 won for unlimited classes. Because they only offer no-gi classes, there is no extra uniform to buy which is great for the wallet.
Address: 10th Planet Fitness Cheonan, 8 Chungjeol-ro, Sinbu-dong, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si
Phone Number: 041-551-2330
Carlson Gracie BJJ
Carlson Gracie BJJ is a Jiu-Jitsu only gym located in Shinbangdong, across from the Shinbang public library. The gym has been in operation for about 3 years now and offers training for all ages from toddlers to adults. The head coach of the Gym is Lee Gang-nam( 이강남). Lee is a purple belt on the Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Organization and has been training himself for 6 years now.
Head Coach Lee Gang-Nam ( 이강남)
Classes are offered weekdays from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The 4pm and 5pm classes are only for children. The rest of the classes are for middle school and up. The gym itself has about 30 members and has a mix of students and adults. Membership is about 130,000 won a month, and you will also have to buy the traditional Jiujitsu outfit called “the GI” which is 100,000 won. The gym has separate changing rooms for men and women.
I went to the 7pm class. The class had about 22 people who attended, and the space was very big with plenty of room to accommodate the class size. The room felt a bit strange as everything was pure white. The walls were white, the mats were white, the ceiling was white. The white actually made me a bit dizzy but one you get used to it is no problem. The class lasted about 60 minutes and started with a warm up, followed by some stretching, then some drilling old technique, then new technique, finally there was some position sparring. It was a great workout and very fun.
Address: 충남 천안시 동남구 통정10로 33-15 201호