WHY ARE MARTIAL ARTS LESSONS SO EXPENSIVE?
Just because most institutions don’t offer martial arts degrees doesn’t imply that teaching martial arts classes is not a profession. Coaches worked hard and paid dues to achieve their level of skill, and they have a lot of teachings to share with you and to assist you in a variety of ways; they assist you in being equipped to protect yourself, focus, and become more conscious and upstanding. You are paying for professional instruction at a martial arts school.
- Invaluable Lessons
Imagine enrolling in Zumba or Cardio Kickboxing per se, it gives you the opportunity to stay in shape, social, and have fun. No shade to Zumba or Cardio Kickboxing. But here is what it doesn’t do, as compared to training martial arts.
Those classes won’t teach you how to establish goals, grasp what it means to give your best, communicate effectively, be patient, have grit and a never-say-die attitude, know how to be a leader when it’s so simple to be a follower.
Most martial arts coaches don’t just come in, teach some moves, and leave. A good Coach will work with you to turn you into a better version of yourself. The techniques and drills are simply a medium to teach you about life.
- You Get What You Pay For
The old adage “you get what you pay for” holds true here. Martial arts training, it just so happens, provides you with more than just a little physical conditioning and some assurance that you will not be destroyed in a physical encounter. You make lifelong friends, have a mentor who will guide you through your struggles and tribulations, and you become more alert and focused, which will benefit you in many aspects of your life.
You may think that you can also learn how to punch and kick from a BodyCombat class. That is entirely untrue. A legitimate Coach will know the intricate details which will improve your skills. Yes you may know how to throw a punch, but wouldn’t you want to at least learn to throw it the CORRECT way?
- Training Equipment
There will be equipment cost for any kind of martial arts training. Same like any other sport such as tennis or badminton, you will need to purchase a racquet and the necessary attire. Even running itself, you need to invest in proper shoes.
Here are just some that can be expected:
For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), you will need a Gi. A basic Gi will cost average about RM300 – RM400. That is about the same price as a pair of running shoes but it is still cheaper than buying Air Jordans and also the phone you use.
For Muay Thai and Boxing, basic equipment would be a pair of gloves, shin guards and hand wraps for starters. And if you are serious, you can consider investing in proper headgear, mouthguard etc.
All these could also be an expense that is incurred over time.
- Cost of Running a Studio
Running a martial art gym is not a cheap option, and often it is done through passion rather than profit. For smaller gyms, the reality is that each month can be a financial challenge. The prices are often justified and the hidden costs of running a business should not be underestimated.
We agree that training martial arts can be quite costly. However, its prices are frequently justified as discussed above. Training martial arts is very enjoyable so if you can afford it – it’s well worth the investment. If you’re thinking about starting, don’t be put off by costs and give it a try.