How Much Do Karate Classes Cost?
This is the most commonly asked question people ask every day when they call Prestige Martial Arts.
While it makes sense to ask this question, answering it can sometimes get complicated. Some schools plain refuse to tell you pricing over the phone. This is a typical sales tactic to get you to come in and take a class first and then they can “sell” you in person. This tactic usually involves a “special offer” for signing up today and discounts that will not be offered again if you leave.
This “old way” of selling comes from the fitness industry and has been used in gyms for decades. It is also the reason why people are hesitant to call or come in. No one wants to be pressured into buying something. In my opinion, if you have to pressure someone to buy your product or service, they are not the right customer for you. My approach is to make the program so desirable that parents ask how they can sign up, I give them the options, they choose the one that is best for them, and everyone is happy.
There are several variables to consider that will change the cost of karate classes. Here are the 3 categories to consider:
#1 – Recreational – This type of program is usually taught in a local gym, community center, or church. The instructor is usually a Black Belt but has little to no background in teaching, child development, or child education. Its main focus is physical activity. Classes are paid class by class, or as a course that has a set start date and end date. The cost for this karate class can range from $5 to $8 a class.
#2 – Part-Time – This type of program may still be taught in a local gym or it may be at a karate school. The instructor has a day job and opens the school in the evening as a second job. The instructor has little background in teaching, child development, or child education. Classes can be paid class by class, or monthly. The cost for this karate class can range from $7 to $11 a class.
#3 – Full Time – This type of program is taught at a karate school. The instructor is full-time and may have some background in teaching, child development, or child education. Classes are available with the most flexibility which include class by class, weekly, monthly, 6 months, or 12 months payment options.
Deciding what you want will help you find the best program for your child. Here are some questions to help guide you:
Are you looking for a physical activity or are you interested in Life Skills and helping your child develop skills outside of the karate school?
Are you looking to attend classes for a session or ongoing?
What is the main goal you are looking for from karate classes?
What is the instructor’s background in teaching?
What is the instructor’s main philosophy behind teaching karate classes?
Once you have the answers to these questions, you will start to see which of the 3 types of programs you want.
All Part-Time and Full-Time schools offer some kind of Introductory or Trial Membership for you to see how classes work. You will get a “gut feeling” about the school pretty quickly and you should listen to it. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
Not All Karate Schools Are Created Equal
Every karate school will offer a different experience for you. If you have a bad experience at one school, it does not mean all schools are like that. Some schools still teach the old military way where the students are expected to fall in place or face the consequences. Some schools seem to be little more than recess where the kids run around and play the entire class. And then there are schools somewhere in between. It is completely up to the instructor to decide how they want to teach their classes.
The question about what style of karate rarely applies anymore. Every school tends to mix something into their class from some other form of martial arts so the style is not relevant these days. The exception to that is if you attend a school and then move to a new area and want to continue your training in that style. Then it may make sense to ask. But, even then, there is a good chance that it won’t be “the same” as your first karate school.
So here is Round 2 of how much do karate classes cost?
A karate school that is predominantly physical skills will range from $50 to $80 a month.
A karate school that teaches basic Life Skills and karate will range from $80 to $130 a month.
A karate school that teaches advanced Life Skills and karate will range from $130 to $200 a month.
As a final word of advice: NEVER sign a membership longer than 12 months if you are just joining the school. If the school pressures you to sign a 2 year or longer membership right away, RUN!
The main reason schools use this tactic is they know you are not likely to stay more than a couple of months, but they will get paid for years. Again, this is the fitness industry model where gyms
charge you for multiple years upfront, because they know you won’t keep going.
My Epic Guarantee
This is the exact reason that I created my EPIC Guarantee. I offer a 100% money-back guarantee on all of my programs. My thinking is that if I don’t deliver the results you signed up for, I should not get paid.
I know that my program works to help children, so I have no problem offering this guarantee. As of the time of this article, I have not had a single parent ask for their money back.
As far as I know, I am the only one in the martial arts industry that offers this to students. I think everyone should, but I know 99% never will.
The image below is one of the reasons I know my program helps children. I have several membership options for parents to choose from with the range being between $11 and $15 a class at the time I am writing this blog post.
If you would like more information about my karate classes for kids, click the link to visit my home page.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at the karate school (248) 687-8641. I love speaking with parents and helping them to find the answers to help their child.