Wow! what a change of lifestyle this change has been for me. I have literally had nearly the same schedule for nearly 30 years.
Some good things are starting to happen and some adjustments need to be made, but this project is starting to take on some life. Recently I have broken ground and acquired some dirt for grating the sight of our eventual building. I also have a trailer now dedicated to our temporary nomadic school. The best part is that I have been honing our new program material which is going to begin next week as I meet with everyone individually.
I have studied all the legal requirements for what I am going to accomplish, and to my surprise, it’s actually going to be much easier than I thought once we are ready to be in full swing again.
Linked to this communication is a form with some times that I would like to meet with your student privately in the coming weeks. Please pick three.
At this lesson, I will be evaluating your student and where they will be on our awesome new belt rank system. There is no charge.
There are also a few technical things I would like to go over.
I’m temporarily completely rearranging how we do payments. The auto payment company I use cannot seem to filter my changes to the program and no longer suits our needs. There are some credits coming to a lot of you, and my new system will allow for that to be squared away.
Simply put I will now be charging $12 a class until such time as we revert back to a full time location. I realize that our temporary situation is a little different, and I would like everyone to be charged by the class that they attend. This also helps me to drop all kinds of fees associated with automatic payments. It also makes it cheaper for our students if they cannot attend some of the classes.
Classes will be paid in blocks of ten ($120) and an account card will be updated when they attend class. This will start next week. I will be spending this evening closing all automated payment accounts and closing out all those accounts. I will also be auditing all accounts and during your private lesson a new account card will be started. This will include some freeze time and things that have gone on over the summer, that I’m very behind on, to make sure everything is equitable.
Location and times
Our indoor location, should be squared away by next week, and our times for training starting Wednsday will be kids 5-6pm and adults 6-7pm to adjust for loosing light. Once we settle into indoor training, we may adjust.
Also, since we are going class by class now, the schedule will be adjusted to two days a week. Wednesday evening, and Sunday evenings. This starts this week. We are having class on Monday and Wedsday, but the next class will be on Sunday.
The slower pace of this schedule is on purpose. This allows me to keep everyone training while I put 100% of my focus into the project.
If it’s not for you?
Our temporary solution to preparing for our new school and even the new way we will be continuing on isn’t for everyone. I don’t intend to offer the standard kind of karate program that you see on every street corner these days. Some people desire that kind of experience, and I completely understand. My vision is for a highly focused individualized martial arts program where we have a very small and dedicated core of students. The model of high volume martial arts training is a model that I am completely dropping. I’m designing the program how I want my own children trained to maximize the purpose of martial arts in their lives, and how I know it will best benefit our students without the burden of the need for consistently finding new people to maintain overhead. I am no longer interested in teaching martial arts just as a fun activity. It can be so much more, so I’m really only interested in teaching highly dedicated people.
Some people will probably need to move on, but if you would still like the experience of commercialized martial arts in shopping centers, I highly recommend Brandon Hubbard’s Kenpo Karate here in Folsom. We also practice a modified version of Kenpo Karate, and I have been paying attention to Master Hubbard for a while now and we are friends. He is an excellent instructor with a tremendous amount of truth in his craft.
The rest of my students continuing forward will be receiving new belts, a binder focused on each student will be prepared and will include individualized personal training information and student specific goals and mile stones. We will also be meeting one on one consistently for progress checks. Once a portion of our space is ready, small squads will resume, and eventually full classes and after school programs. As mentioned everyone sticking around will be grandfathered into a $100 a month tuition. When we start to take new students, their tuition will be much higher.
I know that this may seem a little stressful for some of you who have been around a long time. I understand and it’s even more for me. Change and innovation is difficult, but in the end it’s worth it. It will go by fast, and once it’s starts to take shape, it will be amazing. In the meantime, we are going to start preparing for some tournaments, the sets of kids and teens training for black belts will ramping hard over the next few months, and the skill of our students is about to grow leaps and bounds. After I get a clear from my doctor, you may even see me in the mix again at tournaments and returning to the competition floor.
Talk to you soon.