Originally Posted by RenDaHai
Because thats what a contract does. If a student learns something and gets into shape, off course thats a fair trade. But if they are training they will be paying you either way contract or no. The contract is only in place to secure money from people who don't turn up all the time. So its purpose is charging people for nothing.
You could say its there to make people train.. If they have paid there is more incentive for them to turn up. There is some truth in this. But a long term contract?? Sure, do it by the month, especially if your gym has a lot of classes, but not a long contract.
For the most part yes contracts are put in place to secure the school's income to maintain its survival. I disagree with the statement that they are "only in place to secure money from people who don't turn up all the time". If a student signs a contract it's the students responsibility to attend classes. The student entered into a legally binding contract. If the school honors the service it is the responsibility of the student to honor the tuition whether they attend training sessions or not.
There are a lot of schools and organizations that have used contracts unethically to their advantage. But for the most part a contract isn't a bad thing. Most of our every day services are contractually based. Your mortgage/rent, automobile, credit cards, phone, cable t.v/satellite/internet, gym, school/student loans, etc. are all contracts. So why is signing a contract for martial arts training so taboo?
The reason instructors started turning their school's into a business is because back in the 80's instructors were struggling between teaching, job, family and all the financial burden that comes with it. They were ending up divorced, and bankrupt. The students would become successful in life because of the morals, values, discipline and work ethics instilled into him/her while the instructor slept on a cot in the backroom of his school. Most of us (myself included) have at some point in their training had a fantastic instructor who didn't know how to run a business and eventually closed their doors and moved on with life.