You are probably wondering why would you post a negative review on your blog?
Well, I think it’s important that we are transparent about who we are for and who we are not for.
I believe the negative review listed below clearly shows who we are not for.
“The challenge starts with the parent going into fill out the challenge contract and to pay the $39.95 plus tax, so $43.25. You’ll either be told that the challenge is free and you need to pay for the uniform, or the sign on the side of the road will say the challenge is $39.95 with a free uniform. Either way, you are paying $39.95 for a Century karate uniform that costs $34.99 from their website. Don’t worry, you’ll make recoup the other $5 on the orientation day. At orientation, you’ll be given a little gift bag with some notes in it thanking you. There’s also a t-shirt for the kids and a $5 Starbucks gift card in it. Orientation lasts about 30 minutes. Pay attention during orientation and note when any of the instructors qualify themselves to actually teach Karate. In order to graduate, the students must “earn” their white belt and then 3 black stripes and 3 colored stripes on their belt. The white belt gets earned very quickly, my child received it on the 2 day going. For the little ones, they just have to stand still for 10 seconds, older ones have to recite the student creed. Once they have their belt, now the focus is on earning the red, white and blue stripes and the 3 black stripes. The red stripe is given by the instructor for being good in class. It happens quick, after all why would Johnny or Suzy want to come back if they aren’t earning anything (instant gratification). The white stripe is earned by the student getting a note from their teacher saying they are good. The blue stripe is earned by the parent writing a note saying how much Johnny or Suzy has improved since starting the challenge. The 3 black stripes get earned during the last week of the challenge for doing the same thing over and over again. Meaning that each of the 3 black stripes gets earned for doing the exact same thing. Each class is very similar. Making an “X” with their arms. Holding the arms to their chest. Holding their arms up in the air to make a big “V” and standing at attention with their arms to their side. Additionally they learn how to put an arm over their head to block a pool noodle attack, as well as duck and jump. Also during class the kids will do a lot of jumping jacks, punch paper and do army crawls across the mat. Stranger danger is also a big part of the class. The kids are taught what to say and how to react when a stranger tries to grab their arm. This is a big marketing tool as it speaks to the parents wanting to make sure Johnny or Suzy can protect themselves from strangers. Part of the challenge is a parents meeting with Mr “Geno” Guevara. He’s going to try and figure out what the problem is with Johnny or Suzy and then explain how martial arts can help fix it. He’ll try very hard to be sincere, but keep in mind, he’s a salesman working to turn an intro into a contract. Then he’s going to draw a belt, with 3 stripes on each side and explain again the physical and the personal development that’s needed to be successful in martial arts and in life. He’s going to tell you that to sign up, there’s a $250 membership fee the monthly tuition ranges from $139 to $199. Then he’ll tell you that if you sign up today, he’ll take off $100 from the membership fee. What he doesn’t tell you at this point is that every time Johnny or Suzy tests for a new belt, you are paying $50 or more on top of the monthly tuition. He’ll also forget to tell you about the required gear that must be purchased from them, another couple hundred. Finally, we’re at graduation day. This is where Johnny or Suzy with their white belt, 3 black stripes and 3 colored stripes are going to test for a gold belt (camouflage with a yellow stripe, $7.99 from Century). They do jumping jacks, they make an X with their arm and they defend against a padded foam stick attack. The kids love it and are very proud of their accomplishment. Now, hopefully as a good parent, you see the joy in Johnny or Suzy’s eyes and sign that contract.”
Thank you for your feedback and will look at ways to to improve. Yes our start up process is exactly this. We give a away 3 weeks (120 value ) and require a uniform. Most kids want to train in a martial arts uniform when doing martial arts. We give 50 dollars in gifts before you start the challenge because we like to give. Not sure what you meant by not qualified to teach karate? Mr Guevara has 30 years teaching experience and Mr Gonzalez has 5 years. All our 4-6 year old students can earn their white belt after the second to third class for demonstrating 10 seconds of discipline. Getting a child to stand still without moving is a big accomplishement. Your son earned his belt on the second class because he was doing well and earned it. One of the best in the class. We teach 9 basic moves in our 3 week challenge and repeat the curriculum every class for retention and teach one basic self defense. Not sure why that is wrong? We give a $100 discount for joining and let parents know this. Is giving a discount for joining instead of paying regular price wrong in today’s society? We do set up an appointment to learn about the student before they join. Since we offer a personalized plan for each individual student we have to learn about the child. We think we are doing students a disservice by just putting them in class without learning about them. Can you recall the discipline and respect your son showed towards us on the mat was nothing how he was treating you at home? He was a different child on the mat and you were shocked at what we could accomplish. You came to us because nothing was working at home. Don’t you think a good instructor needs this information to get the child to understand that martial arts isn’t just about what you learn on the mat but how you treat your parents? Maybe just maybe we care so much that you weren’t expecting us to go so deep to help your son and it shocked you. After 30 days students start doing heavy bag work and for there safety, we require gloves. Students get hurt when they hit bags without gloves. Not sure if you’ve ever hit a bag repeatedly without gloves but you would want them. 90 Days Into bag work we let kids make light contact with other students. Of course they are going to need gear to spar. Would you let your child spar without gear? We let every parent know what to expect as far as training equipment. If you dont join there is no need to explain our testing procedures and when students need sparring gear which is why I didn’t tell you. This is where you probably got confused. Oh by the way, your graduation was included in the challenge. You can cancel at anytime if you join our membership. Not sure why that is an issue. Kids love it because it works, parents love it because they see results just like your child did, and we guarantee it works as well. After almost $250 in gifts we give for becoming a student, a 30 day money back guarantee in case you change your mind, a membership that you can cancel at any time, affordable tuition of 139, along with multiple options for those that want more training, I believe and stand on the fact that this is a good way to do business. As a matter of fact their aren’t many businesses willing to do this. We are proud of how we do business. For whatever reason it seems like it was not a good fit for you and that’s ok.