arts is a very expensive sport. You have to
take into consideration that once you commit to this activity, if your
child's goal is a black belt, then you will be going for lessons
for a number of years.
How Much Do Lessons Cost?
determined on a monthly basis, a quarterly basis or by how often
you train each week and this varies by studio. The most common
way to pay is on a monthly basis. In some cases, discounts are
offered for multiple family members or by paying in advance.
schools will have different price structures. Prices vary based
instructors who charge as little as $50 a month for instruction,
and those who charge as much as $130 a month or even $50 or more
for a single one-hour session.
On the average you
can expect to pay between $75 and $90 per month. You may
want to shop around to find the best studio for your budget.
require you to sign a year contract. Don't let the option of a
contract dissuade you from any particular school but be wary of
the content of the contract. You should be concerned if the
contract guarantees a "black belt" within a given time frame or
if they will not allow month to month payments.
Are There Any Additional Costs?
In addition to
your training fees you may have to pay a fee for rank testing.
Again this fee will vary based on the school. In general
earlier ranks are usually less expensive than advanced ranks.
For example, it may cost $20 for your first test and then close
to $100 for your black belt test.
schools provide you with your first uniform free, as your child
grows you will need to buy a new uniform. Prices for uniforms
vary based on the style of martial arts, quality of uniform and
student level. You may be able to purchase the uniform through
your studio or your instructor should be able to direct you to
where you can buy one.
For many schools
you will also eventually be required to purchase sparring
equipment such as gloves, shin pads, and head gear, or weapons
used during practice such as staffs, swords, or knifes.
You may also be
required to register with the martial art organization that
certifies the instructor. Of course registration includes
paying membership fees which could be between $20 - $50 a year.
The requirements for these organizations vary, some have dues
for "black belt" rank and above only.