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In good times and especially in bad times, a person should compare the local Martial Arts studios before joining a program. When a prospect joins a Martial Arts operation, they are hiring an instructor to teach them self-defense and to get them into shape. They don’t realize that they are also hiring a manager of their tuition dollars.
Ninety-nine percent of the operations run on a shoestring budget. They depend on revenue from this month to pay this month’s expenses. If they have a down month or two, they pay only the necessary expenses. As their downturn continues, they stop paying the next level of expenses, such as advertising, suppliers, etc. Finally, they stop paying their rent or lease payment. Ultimately, they give notice to their students or run out in the middle of the night. Actually, there have been several studios locally that have “just disappeared” in recent times.
When a studio closes, students that have prepaid are just out of luck! The students that are paying monthly are also going to have problems. Upon closing, many students will be frustrated and never finish training. The students who try to transfer to other studios are now in for a shock. Most remaining studios or clubs will make a student start over or something similar. This is a psychological setback as well as doubling the total cost of tuition. These small operations that have money problems usually also have a very weak curriculum that is limited and is not transferable.
This could all be avoided if a prospect would just compare studios or clubs before joining. Don’t enroll in a studio just because they are close or you received a discount coupon in the mail or at school.
Examine our website. Read our testimonial section. Visit our school and ask about a free trial lesson. We have students that drive from just about every city and town in the region because they compared. That’s why in 2008, we were voted the #1 Martial Arts School in Kentuckiana. They compared!
We were established in 1972 and are one of the oldest and biggest Martial Arts schools in America with a four-story downtown building. We are debt free and have capital to endure any economy. This enables us to offer quality instruction at discounted tuitions to you. We offer traditional Karate and Tae Kwon Do classes, Boxing and Kickboxing Classes. Compare and ask questions. You will benefit from the time that you invest.
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NO! I’ve been teaching Karate since 1969 and know children have not mentally developed enough for the complicated sequences and exercises before six years old. Their thought process, focus, and concentration have not yet developed.
When a child registers to begin first grade, the school system will insure that the child’s sixth birthday is before a certain date. They know if a child starts school to soon they won’t be able to keep up. The Martial Arts deals not only with the mind, but the coordination of mind and body. Therefore, the Martial arts will be more complicated than regular schoolwork.
Most people would think, What could it hurt anyway?” When the child’s frustration overwhelms their enthusiasm, they will quit. Later, when they are old enough to reap the many benefits of Martial Arts, they will not want to return. This cheats the child out of the benefits and positive experience of Martial Arts training.
Will many of the Karate shops and studios take your child and your money before your child is six? YES! Do they know your child will not make any real progress? YES! Why do they take children too young then? Most shops run on a shoestring budget with high expenses. Many shops will tell you anything to get your money. Most of the Karate studios are slipping out of business as you read this.
Will we consider accepting children under the age of six years old? No. We will not take your money just because you don’t know any better. We want to give your child every advantage we can! Take my advice…
VOTED #1 IN KENTUCKIANA
Recently Terry Middleton’s was voted #1 in the Kentuckiana area in the Martial Arts category. The contest was sponsored by local television station WLKY.
Terry Middleton’s is a four-story Martial Arts school and is the only local school that offers Karate, Kickboxing, Boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. Middleton’s is one of the oldest and biggest Martial Arts school in the United States starting in 1972. Terry’s school can offer tuition rates 1/2 to 1/3 of local financially struggling Karate shops and studios.
Terry started Karate in 1968, earned his Black Belt in 1971, and is now an 8th degree Black Belt Grandmaster. Terry was inducted into the American Martial Arts Alliance Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008.