Sorry, I should have been more specific. And you are right, I have no financials on these gyms. But on speculation and the conditions looking in, they have to be. I won’t say names or locations but for example
In my county, contact sports and combat sports are not allowed. The COVID cases are low/medium in number but the government is not allowing it. The states next to me and above me are allowing contact sports in limited capacity, with restrictions.
Majority of the schools are adhering to the guidelines and are either closed or doing classes with grappling dummies.
One school opened during the lockdown last year. A local brown belt left the school (that adhered to guidelines) he was training at and secured a lease for a big big gym during that time, they built it out and opened. He took more than half the students in his home gym to his new gym, because he was allowing full training with no restrictions. The area he opened up formerly had 3 schools in the nearby area, 2 of which closed permanently because of COVID. All those students went to him. Because he is one of three schools allowing full BJJ training with no restrictions, lots of students from other schools flocked to him. He was open less than 3 months and bragged about having 250+ students, and seeing it online, classes seems to be 40-50 people per class, back to back classes.
Another school in the area basically has the owner actively seeking out students from other gyms to come to their gym to train, as this owner is allowing full training and luring BJJ-hungry students to his school. From what I’ve heard, he has gained quite a bit of colored belt students from other gyms. At least a dozen students of mine has told me they have been solicited by this instructor to switch to his school. Again, nearly all the school in the county are adhering to guidelines save for these 2 and maybe one more
In a way I understand as people have rent to pay and a business to run. But, I also feel like it is quite a dirty tactic that stresses everyone else to break guidelines just to stay competitive