There are countless martial arts and schools out there. So who's right for you? The first thing you should do is understand why they are interested in taking up a martial arts. Do you want to learn self-defense, get into shape, participate in competition or develop self-discipline? There are many different and legitimate reasons to participate in martial arts. When you understand your own motive is when your foot begins. The best place to start is the internet, searching for keywords will narrow your selections in your area. But then you have to get out and visit that school. Talk to teachers, look at classes, talk to students and family members of students. If the school offers a free trial, take it!
Once you've narrowed it down, it's time to look at curricula, school goals, and curricula.
Now that you've found the school you feel fit for your needs and interests, it's time to talk to a potential teacher. Remember that you have an interview with the mentor, but not on the contrary, maintain control of the interview and do not let the teacher turn you over and turn it into a point of sale.
I suggest you first ask if the teacher / school member is either a National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA) or a Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). These companies are NOT Martial Arts agencies but sales and marketing organizations that specialize in not selling martial arts sales. NAPMA is owned and operated by businessman Stephen Oliver and MAIA is owned and operated by the largest martial arts producer Century Martial Arts.
Martial Arts Teachers pay these agencies $ 1000 + each month in consultation for sales and marketing advice. These companies DO NOT offer martial arts or training! For this astronomical monthly fee, the instructor has been given and taught to use a script carefully to answer calls or speak to the entry of potential customers. They also have a comprehensive list of how to deal with protests and get as many potential customers to sign long and expensive contracts (5+ years and $ 17,000).
These sales and marketing companies and their teachers have only one goal: Increase revenue! Martial arts are additional to $ $. I once asked for a position with Mile Hi Karate patent owned by Stephen Oliver (NAPMA). During the interview I was never asked about the martial arts and their experiences, all the question was about my sales and marketing experience. Do I need to say more?
The way in which these "martial arts" rise and ensure their income is through the AGREEMENT. This system is legal, but I ask how ethical it is, especially in terms of the principle of honor that most traditional martial arts schools claim to teach. These contracts vary from 12 months (1 year) to 60 months (5 years). I've noticed that these schools always measure time a month and not years, it's a method they use to humiliate what may seem like a very long time in a normal person.
Monthly costs can range from about $ 160 a month to $ 500 a month. Time to do math 12 months contract with $ 160 a month = $ 1920 a year. 5 year deal with $ 160 a month = $ 9600 a year. I even hear about someone writing a 36-month contract at $ 395 a month. It's $ 14,220! These are value contracts. The monthly amount must be paid if the student is skilled or not. These contracts are ironclad, written by lawyers and tried in court. Do not think for a second that the mentor will not send you to the collection center or turn you over to their lawyer for a fee, even if you stop training. It never ceases to amaze me how many obvious people seem to fall for this scam. Here's a testimony from one of those people who learned the hard way:
"The basics of the training have a lot of young black belts that teach with child support (as we found out It is very important that workers working there are very good and are great teachers but there are a few young ones with very little respect for anyone and no real desire to be there. The "type of": In the basic program, you can only achieve green belt. Sign up for a 4-year deal, then include more "mandatory" events for a fee, indexation fees raised from $ 40 / $ 30 two years ago to $ 70 / $ 60 now. go up one of the mountain resorts ($ 500 for the apartment 2 days, $ 500 for the BB exam). Hidden charges they continue to dream are unrealistic. rm. " Dex.com
Many of these trainers actually consider a lot of their students! Their facilities are simply too small to accommodate the number of students enrolled. They maximize their profits based on squares
You should also ask about UPGRADARs such as sparring, Black Belt Club, Masters Club, weapon training, etc. There are plenty of update options that these schools use to increase revenue. Every upgrade is added to the base money and starts around $ 160 a month. It can really start to add up. Make sure you understand clearly what your basic fee will be for you, because you can easily end up paying 2 or 3 times the basic amount to get the training you wanted.
To sum it all up, I will never forget a series of articles I saw in the monthly magazine NAPMA. It was titled "How to Lock Your Students." It deals with the use of contracts to commit students to pay the martial arts school. Like disturbing it, the picture that came with it made me shake. There was a picture of young martial arts in a locked pantry. That's how they see their students!