Whoa, lots of predatory business practices that have no foundation or merit.
First, unless the contract is "legally binding" which means it must have been written and filed by a lawyer, it is not truly lefitamite, but rather a way of helping ensure payment. Plus, it would have to have been signed by you and stamped "in your prescence" by a notary. Many small businesses think a piece of paper they have you sign is a binding contract. In this day and age, it is not.
Sounds McDojoey. I've seen some of the DVDs sold by these guys with paintball guns hanging in the background. Krav Maga is not bad (it is simply basic combat training for Israeli soldiers). I do see it taking the place of "belt schools" like Black Belt Academy and ATA all of the USA.
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The contracts in questions were explained to me by a lawyer that represents MAIA at a Vegas convention last year. Once, again, please check with a legal attorney. This is simply what was presented to me, by a licensed attorney of the state of Nevada.
Basically, he told us contracts and waivers at most private clubs, fitness centers, etc. were very difficult to process or make verifiable. Essentially since they were not written (or approved) by a legal entity and signed w/ notary, it would be a vary difficult undertaking for such an isignificant amount. The large concern was those waivers small private business owners have you sign. Those are not binding and the owner of the business IS still liable for any incidentals (hence the need for insurance).
The way he explained it, large entities like Gold's Gym, ATA, 24HR Fitness, etc. are corporations that umbrella their franchise branches (unless the franchise owner ops out) for a FEE, so that they may use legal documentation to secure themselves.
Was this accurate? I dont' know (I'm not a legal attorney).
Either way, they are bending this poor person over with a $200 tettsui.
Wow… the bullet that caught my eye was $20 to demo (participate) in one trial class. But there it was right on the website.
Clinch, FWIW did you ever ask why so high to try a demo class?
Really… I mean many McDojo/McDojang have those “introductory packages” for new students… e.g., four-to-six weeks of classes with a shiny new (cheap) gi thrown in for $49.99 etc.
Again just figuring out the marketing psychology here – are they just trying to eliminate the tourists?
Do they think a “well we are worth it” approach gets more new students to sign-up?
Also, for that amount check out this gym in the Mesa area:
They had a Christmas special of $500 for a year paid in advance.Quote:
$99 a month with a year contract. FREE Gi Included!
$120 a month with a 6 month contract.
$140 a month with a 3 month contract.
$800 for the year if paid in full in advance (comes to $65 a month).
All I know is, I have trained for 2 years there, and almost had to give up my pre-Krav mentality of grappling. Me being a freestyle grappler is almost frowned apon there.
React Defense Systems. Google it. Only not McDojo things about it are the RBSD seminars and the fund to stop cancer, which I support 100%