Opinion on school's pricing plan

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  1. Monkey Turned Wolf

    Monkey Turned Wolf MT Moderator Staff Member

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    There's only two instances where I can see someone charging without allowing for people to look in.

    The first is that it's part of some military/militia group that's private and needs either some sort of clearance or vouching program to view/participate. The second is if the person isn't really looking at it as a school, just teaches friends/a specific inner circle, and really isn't looking for new students, but is open to you coming to the group classes if you pay. The first one I personally don't have a need to join but I can see how a group might want their secrecy for whatever reason. The second situation, I can see myself going to if the person comes highly recommended by a martial artist I trust, and it's clear that the reason for it is just that they don't see any reason to expand/promote for new members.

    Outside of that, if I'm not able to do a trial class, or at least look in, I'm not paying.
     
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  2. gpseymour

    gpseymour MT Moderator Staff Member

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    I've seen two instances of the second situation. These guys didn't really like starting new students - they wanted to work with folks beyond that point, so they only took folks who seemed committed enough to hang around a while. So they didn't encourage folks to watch a class, and never gave free classes. The thought was that folks who would join anyway were more likely to last at least a few months. Both of them had a loophole they knew and saw as a way for folks to get a class without a commitment. Both did regular seminars, and those were open to almost anyone. They didn't suggest it, but expected prospective students to figure that out and attend a seminar to see what they do.
     
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  3. Flying Crane

    Flying Crane Sr. Grandmaster

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    The second scenario you describe is pretty much what my situation is with my Sifu. We train in his back yard, it is very private, he only has a handful of active students, isn’t interested in expanding, and I never would have gotten through the front door (or even known which door to knock on to begin with) if I hadn’t had an introduction by my previous Sifu, who had been his student. The only big difference is we pay one month at a time, with no obligation beyond that. But no, he does not give free classes and is not open to people wandering in to watch a class.
     
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  4. Graywalker

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    Strange indeed. Why would you pay for a product unseen?123
     

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