Triumph Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness was forced to temporarily suspend operations January 19 by the Provincial Health Department, after city bylaw officers inspected the fitness center following an anonymous complaint received last week. However, according to Triumph owner Tosha Mytron, the bylaw officer found nothing wrong with the way she was operating.
Combat sports and martial arts are currently prohibited under the Provincial Health Order, but Mytron and team have modified the services they offer to focus on fitness.
“We have modified our programming to be fitness based, and have switched to being more of an open gym, where people can lift weights, use the punching bags, and work out. The officer who inspected us said she was impressed with the modifications, signs, the use of masks and gloves, and that the gym is mapped out into six-foot spaces,” Mytron said.
Mytron was told by the officer that she was doing everything she needed to be doing under the provincial health guidelines. However, after the report was submitted to the Provincial Health Department, the ruling stated that since martial arts school was on Mytron’s business license, she had to shut down.
“Even though my business license says we are a martial arts and fitness facility and that the facility has been adapted to fitness-based programming, and I have been completely compliant with the guidelines, I’ve had to shut down because my license has the words martial arts school. That doesn’t make any sense,” said Mytron.
Mytron said the bylaw officer did an excellent job and was pleasant to work with.
“The officer and the city have been fantastic. She was thorough, kind, and very informative,” said Mytron.
“I understand they have a job to do and think they handled themselves very professionally.”
Mytron is currently exploring options that might allow her to reopen, hopefully over the coming week.
“I want my business to survive and am willing to follow the protocols and I’ve put a lot of work into doing that,” said Mytron. “It’s very frustrating.”
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