BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Mohd Yazid Mohd Taib is among the few athletes-turned-entrepreneurs who have transformed their passion into a business in recent times.
Three months after setting up Jeonsa Academy, Mohd Yazid was able to attract enough students to sustain his new venture.
He had long dreamed of setting up his own martial arts studio. His desire stemmed from his time as an active national Taekwando fighter between 2007 and 2012.
“I was only a teenager back then and I didn’t know much about starting out a business,” says Mohd Yazid, who had won several gold medals in every National Sports Festival (PSK) in Brunei and competed in regional tourneys.
“But I knew then that I wanted to be more involved in martial arts – for a lifetime if possible – so I have to do something to keep that passion alive,” he adds.
Prior to opening Jeonsa Academy, Mohd Yazid was a part-time martial arts instructor at Rick Studio in Kiulap, during which he built his portfolio as a certified trainer.
“Juggling my time between that and my day job was tough, but it was the only way for me to continue practicing my martial arts while saving some money to open up my own studio,” Mohd Yazid says, adding that he was also able to get tips from his employer and friends on how to properly start a martial arts dojo along the way.
But it wasn’t until he found an investor who helped realise his dream.
With his savings added to the investment, the 26-year-old opened Jeonsa Academy in July this year at Uthman Complex, just opposite of the Times Square Shopping Complex in Berakas.
Initially offering Taekwondo and Kickboxing lessons, Mohd Yazid now provides classes for Pencak Silat and Hapkido with the help of experienced instructors at his dojo in Berakas.
The dojo provides walk-in lessons for $4 to $5, and a monthly rate of $60 and $50 for all Kickboxing and Taekwondo lessons.
Mohd Yazid plans to upgrade his studio with better facilities and resources from the revenue generated over time.
“But my focus for now is definitely to help my customers achieve their own goals whenever they took lessons for me, whether its be good in martial arts or to simply be healthy and fit,” he adds.