charging your black belt students a monthly tuition, is it a good idea? i know for myself i would really like to go back to some of the styles and schools i hold black belts in and do some training. so whats the hold up? the requirement of monthly tuition and contracts. i know some students who stay and continue to train year after year, rank upon rank after they receive their black belt but they are very rare. i think a larger portion go off to train in other styles. i think it would be more beneficial for schools not to charge (or charge very little) for their black belt students. first they bring value and energy to the classes. there is value in having them attend classes. it also allows them to bring knowledge and skills back to the dojo from cross training. i did try to go back to my original kempo teacher and mentioned about stopping in for a class once in awhile. his response was that its not possible without continuous training, signing the yearly contract and paying the tuition. however he did agree for me to teach a class on swordsmanship (where im sure he charged the students a small sum that i never saw a penny of). this is not a case of a single greedy instructor. there is an expectation that students always sign that darn contract. i really think schools are doing themselves a disservice for looking at the short term $$$ rather than the long term value of having experienced people on the floor. for me and i know many others studying in a single style is financially difficult not to mention more than one style. in my area the average tuition is $100. a month i am not complaining about the price. its needed to pay the constant increases in expenses but i see many schools that promote a lot of black belts that leave and never return. i cant help but think if these students were allowed to come in a couple times a month or even more without the tuition, the dojo floor would have a lot of experienced students who continue in their training.