Thread: Martial Arts Contracts
1/27/2014 5:43pm, #11
1/28/2014 12:04am, #12
How is that an awesome deal? It sounds a bit backwards to me. Sincere inquiry btw.
1/28/2014 1:05am, #13
Good contracts are there to protect both the school and the student. The school gets its requirements agreed to, in writing, at the start, and the student knows exactly what they are paying for.
Both parties can sue for breach of contract, that includes you. Just be smart about what you actually sign.
Last edited by W. Rabbit; 1/28/2014 1:08am at .
1/28/2014 4:57am, #14
Most schools including the one you are referring to have a "drop in rate." These range from a mat fee for 1 day to an entire month. If you don't want to sign a contract pay the drop in rate. Most people that train regularly prefer the contract rate as it is cheaper because the school is guaranteeing a full year of income.
1/28/2014 8:01am, #15
But if you choose to pay weekly 30 bucks for I think we do 10 training classes 5 short conditioning. And five long conditioning in the morning. Pay weekly turn up or don't.
If you just want to do one maybe two classes a week it is 7 bucks a go. Now a casual rate in some gyms can be 15 to 20 here.
There are no contracts.
The other Aussies can say what they pay.
1/28/2014 8:43am, #16
Your weekly rate plus insurance works out to over $138/month, which is not outrageous but certainly not cheap, based on the many other discussions we've had about rates over the years. I wouldn't call it an awesome deal by any stretch. My judo club fees for example work out to around $2.50/class including provincial and national org dues. Only in Canada you say? Looking at Budokan Judo in Sydney, they charge $440/year for 3 classes/week, so that's under $3/class.
Last edited by NeilG; 1/28/2014 8:50am at .
1/28/2014 9:01am, #17
- Join Date
- Feb 2008
- Central Texas
From the school owner's perspective:
-Orienting new students drags an ongoing class down, it's just the way it is. If the class is going to invest their learning time in getting a new student up to speed, that student needs to at least commit to be there awhile to get some benefit.
-If the school has a free trial class or week or whatever, the new student knows what he/she is getting into vis a vis the class content. When I see new students drop it's almost never about the class, but rather their lack of commitment to rearrange their schedule etc. This applies double for kids classes when the parents enroll little Johnny, he is super excited about class, but mom and dad haven't really thought out the impact on homework, dinner, and bed time. In the case of kid's classes, contracts are to protect the kids from slacker parents IMHO.
All that said I think a contract more than 6 months is probably excessive.
1/28/2014 10:03am, #18
But my maths is crap.
30 times 52.
2 classes a night 5 nights a week. For 52 weeks. =520
= 3.1 something. Not counting the morning fitness.
Their casual rate 15 bucks.
Last edited by gregaquaman; 1/28/2014 10:08am at .
1/28/2014 10:36am, #19
Math's probably OK, but it's not practical to attend 2 classes/night 5 nights a week.
1/28/2014 12:34pm, #20
- Join Date
- Aug 2013
- Alexandria, VA
The only schools I've known about that didn't require or need contracts were non-profit schools that used cheap, temporary space, such as in churches, the Y, etc. These were also evening schools in which the instructor had a day job.
Sure, I'd rather not sign up with a contract given my choice, but I'd rather sign one and have the benefit of a school that's going to be around for awhile, with decent equipment, and with an instructor that is comfortable teaching, as opposed to a school that disappears in a six months. Or, as opposed to an instructor that's forced to pressure students for money in the form of high promotion fees, special black belt clubs, fancy uniforms, etc. I had a teacher for a short while who actually pressured students to sell Amway for him.