There are a few reasons. One is that we are a family-run school, and another is that we offer a variety of classes, for everyone from babies to seniors. Additionally all of our teachers are specialists in their fields and all our karate instructors are black belts.
The main difference though, is our prices.
We don’t believe in the business model that says you have to “bait and switch” and lock students into long contracts to have a successful martial arts and fitness school. Many schools that follow this model will offer you a really low rate (even free) at first and then tie you into a contract to continue. They won’t even tell you how much it costs to train with them until you, or your child, are hooked. Once the contract is signed, they sell your debt to a third party, and they keep getting paid even if you don’t take any more classes. If you do keep taking classes the cost of continuing will get higher and higher, as you will be required to get more gear, more uniforms and more classes.
Our prices are simple –
You may pay for single classes with no commitment, or save money with a 10, 25 or 50 class package, which has no expiration date. You only pay for the classes you actually take. Because we want to make it possible for the whole family to exercise, family members may share class packages. We love to get an entire family working out with us, each taking the classes they enjoy.
Your class package is also good for most of our classes (session sign-up, and rental classes are the exception). So you could start by taking yoga with us, and decide to try Tai Chi or Zumba, or even Mixed Martial Arts, as well, and you could pay with the same package. With a session class you are signing up to take the same class on the same day for a certain period of time. With a class package, you can go away for a while, or miss a day because you are ill, and not pay for classes you are not taking.
If you get serious about the karate program, we will require you to buy a set of shinpads and knucklepunches for $25 to protect your legs and hands during sparring after you reach blue belt. The lower level promotion tests, blue, yellow and orange stripe, only cost the price of a class. Full belt promotions are $65, up to green belt ($75), brown belt ($85) and black belt ($100). Try asking another school how much they charge to test for a new belt, and you may find that they don’t want to tell you.
Kick-boxers may wish to purchase their own personal gloves for $40 and/or headgear for $45 but we don’t require it. We also supply mats, blocks and straps for yoga, although some students choose to bring their own.
We are committed to making exercise fun and affordable for everyone. Alfred has run a martial arts school for over 25 years. As his interest in and respect for other disciplines developed, he decided to make this school multi-disciplinary. One size and one style does not fit all, so not everyone will want to take the same classes. Some students love karate; some will be better off doing Dance or Pilates. Some require women-only classes like Nia Technique or Belly Dancing, some want Mixed Martial Arts. Everyone should be exercising!
Our school is our second home, so we do not offer any classes that we, or our children, would not take ourselves. We only employ teachers we ourselves would wish to learn from, We ask that they work together, and respect each other.
Please contact us to discuss how you can get started with classes you enjoy.
Alfred DiGrazia, Alison Morea & family