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- Apr 9, 2004
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- Grand Prairie Texas
I dont know whether to laugh at you or to cry for youAfter reading these posts about costs here's where we stand: he was told by the GM that he needed to be a 1st dan to be a TKD instructor. He has studied kung fu for 6 years, and when he started talking to the GM about a studio she told him he needed to be a TKD instuctor also, because he would have more students to help pay the bills. I agree, more kids are interested in TKD than kung fu. She charged him $7,000 for his 1st dan belt and instructor's certification from kukkiwon. 6 months later, she informed that the kkw has now said he has to be a 2nd dan to be a studio owner. Another $4,000. When I questioned these costs, her answer is always, "It's the federation, not me, and you don't understand how martial arts business works. You have to just trust me." Maybe I don't know how martial arts business works, but I know how general business works, and this is outrageous. Now she is saying he won't receive his kkw certification for the studio for up to 5 years, because "that's how they do business." Am I being ripped off (as I feel I am) and what can I do at this point? Thanks for any input on this!
I forgot one thing: Twin Fists, I see you're from Nachodoches. We are located in Bridge City, Texas, between Orange and Port Arthur. Nice to know someone is that close. I've enjoyed your input on this.
terryl - thanks for your input. I can tell you that neither my son or myself are trying to "fleese" anyone and hope that's not the impression anyone here is getting from these posts. Like I said in the previous post, neither of us are trying to get rich off of this. It's not how I make my living and never will be, and it won't be for my son either. I look at it as a labor of love he has for martial arts. I'll be happy to maybe make a few dollars to put back into the studio and improve it for our students.
I'd like to clarify a few points if I may: The Grandmaster I am dealing with is legit, as far as I have found. She holds an 8th degree rank. I would guess she is in her late 50's, early 60's, is Asian, from Mongolia she says, and claims to have been studying martial arts since she was 6. In fact, last week she brought Grandmaster Han Man Park to our studio. It's my understanding he has been involved with TKD since the 50's and is a legitimate member of the TKD community. I think if he knows her and deals with her, she must be known and legit. I have no reason to doubt this, she actually is very good at martial arts and seems very knowlegable. That is not my concern, my concern is her business practices.
She is at the studio 3 and 4 days a week helping instruct. We hired a 4th dan instructor for TKD when we opened. My son only helps instruct TKD and is not the lead instructor. He instructs the kung fu class, with help from the GM. So, it's not just some 18 year old kid with limited experience and knowledge by himself trying to pass himself off as the end all-be all of martial arts. We really are trying to offer quality, legitimate instruction.
As stated earlier, my son has studied kung fu, mostly soft style for 6 years. Because he was homeschooled, he had more time to study martial arts than other kids his age and most of his instructions were one on one with the Grandmaster. I really feel he has learned quite a bit in only six years. I agree he has a long way to go, but he will get there. I know you, and everyone else, had to start somewhere. You should feel blessed that your son's have your knowledge and experience to help them get their start, and that is what I'm trying to offer my son, a start in something he truly loves.