BMA Pricing Summary
As much as Master Beck enjoys teaching, he can’t
teach for free -- a location to train in is a necessity and his time has value. However, without
his own storefront and a lease hanging over his head, he doesn’t have to
require long term commitments or contracts the way many schools do, and BMA will never do sales tricks like cash out discounts. Pricing is simple and straightforward. Rates are per prepaid month (large discount), per prepaid 6-pack (small discount), or per class on a pay-as-you-go basis. This encourages students to come to as many classes as possible while keeping things reasonable for those who can't train as regularly and allowing for drop-ins. Students pay Master Beck all fees
directly and he pays rent to Jerome’s Gym.
If you are here to price compare, that is not really a good way to decide on a school. Price does not correlate directly with quality. A low price doesn't mean a bad product, nor does a high price mean it's great. The bottom line is that martial arts is not a commodity business, it is a service. You may find a martial arts school on every street corner, but there is no McDonald's type of consistency -- every school and every teacher is different. At BMA you are encouraged to try it (first class FREE!) and see if it fits you and your needs.
There are many other criteria you can consider besides price before deciding on a school; let me expound on some:
- Style - styles *do* have pluses and minuses, although the individual is always more important than the style.
- Rank of Instructor - Certifying organizations vary. Some have good quality control, some do not. Every so often a TV station does a story with a reporter obtaining a black belt for their dog via the mail... How many years the instructor has been studying is a better indicator than the number on the piece of paper they have on the wall. If they have jumped from organization to organization or if they won't tell you their rank history that's a bad sign.
- Lineage - It may seem impressive to have studied with a 'name' - a Bruce Lee, a Remy Presas, a Chuck Norris. Or to trace back over a hundred years to the founder of an art. But how much got lost in translation
- Skill of instructor - An instructor who might be a fantastic martial artist could be a lousy teacher, with very little or none of his/her skill coming across to the students. The best way is to judge a teacher by his/her students, and not by just one. By and large, are they respectful, friendly, knowledgeable, and skilled?
- Teacher/Student Relationship - Some people respond well to lots of overt discipline and a military atmosphere. Some do not. Teachers vary with whether they encourage questions in class and with how relaxed or how serious the atmosphere is.
- School focus - The best school in the world for Olympic Taekwondo competition is not going to do much for a police officer needing skill in restraint techniques. 'Combat' focus on disabling or killing techniques are great for a sentry; not for your 10 year old to have ingrained as muscle memory instant reaction. Does what the school focuses on meet YOUR needs?
Prices for Group Classes:
Arnis Mon 8:00-9:00 PM, Sat 10-11 AM $30 per class, $150 for a 6-pack, $160 for a month (typically 12 classes)
Hapkido Mon/Wed 7:00-8:00 PM, Sat 9-10 AM  $30 per class, $150 for a 6-pack of classes, $160 for a month (typically 12 classes)
Fitness (Taekwondo Kickboxing) Mon/Wed 6-6:45 PM
for kickboxing alone $25 per class, $125 for a 6-pack, $100 for a month (typically 8 classes)
If including the optional 6:45-7 PM traditional TKD, add another $5 per class, $25 per 6-packs, or $20 per month: so TKD $30/class, $150/6pack, $120/month
Introductory trial (group) class FREE!!!!!
Prices for Private Lessons:
Private lessons can be anytime during Jerome’s Gym operating hours mutually agreeable to student and Master Beck. If held at another location, Master Beck may charge an additional $1/mile outside a 20 mile roundtrip.
Introductory private lesson (1/2 hour) $20
Private lesson (1 hour) $100
Semi-private lesson (1 hour, 2-5 people) $150
Family discount of 25% off each additional family member when on a monthly base. Example: HKD father, daughter and son TKD: total is $310: $160 for the first, + (120 - .25 * 120) =$90 for the second, + (120 - .5 * 120) = $60 for the third
Crosstraining discount of 25% when on a monthly base - i.e. someone taking Hapkido and Arnis gets 25% off the second class; total of $280: $160 for the first + ($160 - .25 * 160) = $120 for the second
Note: These family and crosstraining discounts also apply to 6-packs and per-class rates. Example: An Arnis monthly student buys a 6-pack of Hapkido classes and pays $112, 70% of $160. Example: A Hapkido monthly student takes a single Weaponry class and pays $22.50 for it, 25% off the regular rate of $30.
Packaged private lessons – 10% off when buying 3 or more, ie $270 for 3 private lessons.
Occasionally BMA has other special introductory offers for new students. These will always be described on the specials page.