Joong Do Kwan 2015

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Joong Do Kwan School of the Middle Way

13 Feb 2009

Traditional Taekwondo Fee Schedule

Idea copied from ... Karate Thoughts Blog: Rank Fee Schedule - I have listed my fee schedule as below.

Traditional Taekwondo Fee Schedule
  • Testing Fee:
  • Belt Fee:
  • Certificate Fee:
  • Annual Renewal Fee:
  • Retesting Fee:
  • Reissuance of Lost Certificate Fee:
  • Recertification Fee:
  • Title Fee:
  • Fee to Have Certificate Signed by Dignitary:
  • Fee to Have Photo Taken With Dignitary Awarding Certificate:

Similar to Charles Goodin's original post, you don't see any fee information because we don't charge anything for training. We were once a commercial operation, and I am happy to say that we offered a respected and appreciated service offering. Now we are a 'social group,' and our charges are non-financial.

I would suggest however that a form of payment still does apply to the martial art student. Payment includes pain tolerance, endurance, patience, commitment, loyalty, enthusiasm, investment of time, focus, curiosity, and dedication. If students can't meet this level of expectation I am happy for them not to show up for class so that the real business of martial arts training can continue in earnest - with students who understand the value of Traditional Taekwondo training.

Colin
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6 comments:

Mr Walton said...

Am I way out in left field or are you saying there is no monitory cost to train in you school?


Interesting!

Regards,
-Darrin

Colin Wee said...

I stopped charging fees since 2005 when I closed commercial operations. Now I continue for the love of it.

Colin

Colin Wee said...

But I'm not saying that this is a better arrangement. I have always believed that it is alright to charge people for martial arts training - especially if they derived value from it. It's just that I currently don't.

Colin

BSM said...

I bow to you again Mr. Wee! See my recent post that's tangentially related to this topic.

Post here.

I'm not against paying fees; in fact I am paying now. However what I'm paying for is a Kung Fu sifu who keeps his prices reasonable, keeps his class size under 10, and teaches out of rental space!

He also teaches mostly for the love it.

I know what works for me and it's not the big commercial schools.

supergroup7 said...

This is similar to how I train also. I do not get charged for lessons, seminars, etc. It is by my own choice if I wish to offer something when I test. I pay through sweat, commitment, enthusiasm, and effort. When I open a dojo, I want to continue with this concept of teaching.

Colin Wee said...

I pay through sweat, commitment, enthusiasm, and effort. When I open a dojo, I want to continue with this concept of teaching.

Just thought I needed to clarify my opinion. I don't think it is wrong for charging and making a good living from martial arts or self defence training. I think if you create a valuable service, a fee will get the right students who are committed to training with you. The right money also makes sure that the instructor and organisation improves on the offering and any supporting material as part of the service. When I started hawking my self defence courses to organisations, I was astounded by the great improvement of service quality coming from myself -- and the simple reason was I applied my own corporate skills to the martial art and self defence courses. I really would not have been able to do it had I not thought of it as a professional offering. That's something to chew on. :-)

Keep it real, folks ... even to yourself!

Colin