A new shop has opened up on Elizabeth Street in downtown Okotoks.

Soul Train is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym that teaches effective fighting and defense skills, but also gives you so much more.

Owner Jaclyn Madaras says she often sees women come in from a dark place, and she watches them grow into confident assertive beings, that's her favorite thing.

"The difference in the women alone is the best, the kids are great too but the women, seeing them get these little bits and pieces of confidence, and a little bit more everyday, it's just amazing."

Madaras says the martial art is not as violent as people see on T.V., and you don't have to be fit or strong to do it.

"Jiu Jitsu is designed for the smaller person against the larger opponent. So it's so technical, a lot of momentum and everything is like a lever. So you really use what you have and make it work."

But not only are you learning defensive skills, Madaras says, at Soul Train you're joining a gym and a family.

"It's like this single victory thing but you also have a team that's like so behind you in everything, it's so amazing."

Anyone can stop by the gym and try a class as they cater to varying fitness levels as well as folks with no experience or injuries.

Along with owning the brand new business, Madaras also coaches and offers yoga classes as well as strictly women's only classes catering to all levels. 

She says Jiu Jitsu saved her life, and she just wants to help others realize that they have a confident strong being inside them as well.

To check out Soul Train visit their website or Facebook page.

Questions, comments, or story ideas? Email us at [email protected]

More Local News

Khoopa Troopers Prevail As Lost Tortoise Makes His Way Home

The story of a lost tortoise made its way into southern Alberta's heart earlier this week when the tortoise's owner, Jody Jordan, made an emotional plea on Facebook to bring Khoopa home. The…

CP Rail Repairs Start In Town

Repair work has started on railroad crossings in Okotoks. Work was done at the crossing on Lineham Avenue on Friday and on Saturday crews are on the Veterans Way crossing. Sunday they'll be out at…

Update On Okotoks Bi-Weekly Garbage Pilot Project

The town's Bi-Weekly Garbage Pilot Project is set to get under way the first week of June in the Mountainview and Woodhaven neighbourhoods. Some changes were made to the project after the town…

Focusing On Support For Dementia Care Givers

The Dementia Friendly Communities initiative is well underway in Okotoks. For over a year now they've been raising awareness of dementia, reducing the stigma, and building a tool kit for other…

Local Shell-ebrity Khoopa Leaves Family Shell-Shocked

An Okotoks family is on the lookout after their pet Sulcata Tortoise flew the coop near Heritage Heights School on Saturday.Jody Jordan and her family went away on family vacation for the long…

OkotoksOnline.com is Okotoks' only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide