I've just been talking to a fmily member who has taken her son to a local karate class asked me if i thought the charges being imposed were excessive. On the day they turned up she was told to pay a £6.50 class fee for a 90 miute class and give the instructor bank details so that he could take out £25.00 for four months insurance. She asked if there was a trial period for the club but the instrucor said "no we cant offer a free class because if the students injured then we are not covered!" (something i've not heard of before). She was told that should her son continue to train after 4 months he will pass a grading which will show he is 1/2 way towards earning his first belt. After this four month period there is then an anuual insurance cost of £125, then he would need to pay for his Karate Passport (which I assume would be his grading / record book). It was also stipulated to her that by the 4th lesson the Gi & protective equipment would need to be brought through them otherwise her son would not be permitted to train until he has everything required.
I've already given my opinion on the above charges and would be interested to see what everyone here thinks about this? Personally my class charges are no where near what is being asked at this particular club.