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Eliminate your administrative frustrations and free up your time
to care for your members and grow your business.

Martial Arts on Rails
Mindbody
Mindbody was ridiculously expensive and did not care what so ever about small business. The martial arts version was nothing special and they had no plans to work on martial arts specific improvements.
Summit Martial Arts Leigh-Ann Morris Summit Martial Arts

Sounds familiar? You are not alone.

We hear this often from gym owners unhappy with their current solution.
Martial Arts on Rails is a modern alternative to glorified spreadsheet software such as Mindbody Online.

Martial Arts on Rails vs. Mindbody Online

What You Get Martial Arts on Rails Mindbody

A delightful user experience

With Martial Arts on Rails you get a modern software experience you've come to expect in 2020. Signing up members, tracking attendance and handling payments is a breeze, reducing frustration and freeing up your time to focus on your members.

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Works On All Devices

Martial Arts on Rails runs on your laptop/desktop, tablet or smartphone and provide the full set of features optimized for each device's screen and inputs. The Mindbody software runs primarily on desktops, while providing an inferior experience on mobile devices - 3.2 rating on the play store with many disappointed customers.

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No Vendor Lock-in

Martial Arts on Rails partners with Stripe, Square and Authorize.net to handle your membership payments and point-of-sale. Your payment processor stays separate and under your full control, in case you decide to switch to a different software solution. In addition, we have no annual contracts or other obligations keeping you from making the best decision for your business.

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Pricing that scales with you

Mindbody monthly costs start at $129 / month and quickly ramps up with basic add-ons, such as a website schedule and booking. We offer plans starting at $60 / month that scale with the number of members you have and include all the features our software provides.

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Simple Processing Fees That Reduce Your Costs

"Qualified", "Non-qualified", "Card-not-present", "offline payments" and other terms obscure your actual processing fees, and not by accident. With our payment partners you pay a fixed rate for all payments, and save over 20% on payment processing fees. Learn more

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Fees as low as …% *

* For qualified payments

You’ve probably seen this before when evaluating processing costs – a low processing fee with phrasing such as “As low as…” or “starting at …”, ending with an asterisk.

Different transactions are charged different rates by the credit-card companies, depending on the type of card used and the potential risk of the transaction.

Payment gateways then roll those rates on to you with their own pricing scheme, often separating payments into classes of "qualified", "mid-qualified" and "non-qualified" payments. Qualified payments are charged the advertised “starting at…” rates, while non-qualified payments are charged increasingly higher rates depending on different factors (also known as three-tier pricing).

Recurring payments that are charged using a card on file automatically are charged the highest fees. For a membership based business, that means most of the transactions will be considered non-qualified and be subject to much higher fees.

Other charges can include setup fees, monthly fees, charge-back fees and more.

At Martial Arts on Rails we partnered with payment processor who offer simplified rates with that are optimized to online and recurring billing, and no monthly fees. Let's see how it compares to Mindbody's fees:

Qualified Non-qualified Direct Debit Monthly Failures
Mindbody 2.75 % 3.5 % + 15c 1 % + 50c + 6$ / refund $10 ACH $7 per decline
+ $15 Chargeback
Martial Arts on Rails
(Stripe)
2.9% + 30c 2.9% + 30c 0.8% ($5 cap) $0 $15 / $0 chargeback

To show how this adds up, we'll calculate it using a monthly payment volume of $12,000 in 100 transactions. We’ll assume 90 of these transactions are active members on recurring billing (i.e, offline transactions which are non-qualified), and 10 are new members which are swiped in where possible and, to keep it simple, don’t use rewards cards or other non-qualified cards.

We’ll also include 1 chargeback per month, which we defend successfully (Stripe will refund the chargeback fee if you defend it successfully).

Qualified Non-qualified Failures Total
Mindbody 10 x $120 x 2.75%
= $33
90 x $120 x 3.5%
+ 15c x 90
= $391.5
10 declines x $7
+ $15 chargeback
= $85
$509.5
Martial Arts on Rails
(Stripe)
10 x $120 x 2.9%
+ 30c x 10
= $37.8
90 x $120 x 2.9%
+ 30c x 90
= $340.2
No cost declines
+ $0 chargeback (defended)
$378

More than $100 monthly difference in cost due to higher rates on most payments and additional fees. This is one of the reasons we integrate with Stripe and Square, as they work well for online payments and membership based businesses, and provide a better experience overall.

On Average, Our Customers Grow By 40% Within The First Year Of Use, Here’s How You Can Too!

Account onboarding
Step 1

Set up Your Account

Set up your gym programs and ranks, set up your billing and membership options, import your members information or invite them to sign-up online and set up your gym schedule.

Connect securely to your existing merchant account, or use one of our trusted payment partners.

Stripe Square Authorize.net
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Member signup
Operation automation
Step 2

Automate Your Day-To-Day Process

  • Onboard new members effortlessly via tablet

    New members and visitors can now sign-up and fill waivers at the front desk via a tablet or online before coming in.

  • Track Attendance

    Don’t let members exceed their membership limits and track their progress towards promotions.

  • Fix all of your manual/failed payments

    Send payment reminders to members and allow them to (securely) update their personal and billing information online. Set it and forget it!

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Marketing and gym website
Step 3

Acquire More Customers With Our Easy-To-Use Tools

  • FREE (Easy to Edit) Website Included in Every Plan

    What if people could find you online? Our solution allows you set up a gym website in minutes. Developers charge $2k+ for this without letting you personalize or update it yourself. All of our online features work with existing websites as well.

  • Leads Capture Management

    Generate new prospects using a lead capture form on your website. Schedule reminds and keep tabs on prospects until they become new members.

  • Manage Your Referral Program

    Running a referral program is an excellent way to grow your member base. We help you track referrals and reward your members for it.

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Reporting and business
Step 4

Everything You Need To Grow Your Business

What gets measured gets improved, here are some of the things you can do with our tool:

  • Create reports based on attendance, revenue and marketing channels.
  • Track staff payroll (hourly or per training session).
  • Adding staff members as additional users to manage your gym.
  • Export your data in Excel readable format.
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Here’s Why Gyms Love
Martial Arts on Rails

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  • This software is very useful for martial arts gyms. I run a grappling gym, and the features for this software are fantastic.

    Further, the developer is extremely responsive, and walked me through the entire process from start to finish. He is also consistently updating his product, and incorporates feedback from users to make Martial Arts on Rails better every month.

    I would recommend this software to anyone!
    David Gorham David Gorham Colossal Fight Company
  • The interface is extremely user friendly, and what was once time consuming tasks are now a breeze with this program.

    Their tech support has been very prompt with answering questions and resolving any issues - this has been the best support of any software I have worked with by far.

    Martial Arts on Rails has been a blessing for our gym and I would highly recommend it to any gym owner. 5 Stars all day!
    Robert Gallegos Robert Gallegos Grizzly MMA
  • After three years of dodging the bigger companies peddling their software, my partner and I decided to give MA on Rails a try.

    Any issues or questions we had were answered promptly and any feedback we have was immediately put to use to make the software truly compatible for our gym.

    Currently we are using MA on rails at both of our locations and are very happy with the product and service provided.
    Branden Guptill Branden Guptill Honu BJJ
  • Our clientele doubled within the first four months of using this software. It has been absolutely amazing.

    Easy to set up new students. Easy to find history of payments. It's very organized and easy to navigate. I love that our members have access to their own profiles.

    Love this software!
    Mission Submissions Heidi Smith Mission Submissions
  • The Best Software for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy!

    Very helpful, if you had any issue they will answer you right away! The software is easy to use to keep track of your members.

    Martial Arts on Rails have done a great job and I recommended to anyone out there!
    Derrick Torres Derrick Torres Knights BJJ
  • All features requests are considered and thought through.

    I looked at 50+ different options and tried ~10 that were affordable. Martial Arts on Rails was in the top 3, I was sold by the support that was absolutely, and still is, great. Very fast response to explain, correct or enhance.

    I can only recommend this software. It is not the cheapest but far from the more expensive. Definitely worth the money!
    Franck Royer Franck Royer UTS Jitsu
  • I love how easy it was to setup for our dojo! And it built our front landing page AND student portal all at the same time. Billing is easy and perfect. Nothing but great stuff.

    What few small problems I've had were quickly addressed. I have had ZERO problems with the back-end payment system or student management.
    Leif Summerfield Leif Summerfield Bozeman Aikido
  • Using Martial Arts on the Rails has made my life much easier. With the last management software I was using I had to spend hours on the phone and honestly just dreaded going in to the gym to work on the computer.

    I now have a lot more confidence in the way that I am managing the business, our programs and our memberships and I am more organized.
    Molly Shields Molly Shields Kaijin MMA
  • Exceptional product.

    It is quite intuitive - It does so many things for me that I would spend endless time trying to do for myself. It is also priced fairly.
    Jared Emfield Jared Emfield Soma Jiu-Jitsu Academy - Idaho Falls
  • Payment system and student lead tracking is unparalleled.

    This software is amazing for keeping a martial arts school on track. They are continually improving features as well and we highly recommend anyone use it.
    Earl Dunn Earl Dunn Alpha & Omega Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Switching from Kicksite to Martial Arts On Rails - Website integration is awesome, I use square for my business and as far as I know this is the only software that integrates square into their system.

    The cost compared to kicksite is better as compared per student. So far very impressed would recommend people giving this software a chance.
    Michael Jones Michael Jones Escambia Martial Arts
  • Easy To Set Up, Simple To Use

    We understand the pain of trying to use a product that wasn’t designed properly so we spent years optimizing ours to provide you with the best experience possible.

  • A Modern Tool, That Gives Your Gym A Premium Feel

    Imagine the amazing impression a modern tool like this will make on your prospects and members.

  • And If you need help? We are here to support you!

    If you have any questions or issues with our tool, we’ll do our best to help you get the most out of it. Don’t believe it? Read what our customers have to say about it.


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  • No sales call/person to deal with
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the payment processing fees?

    All payment processing is run through our payments parters - Stripe, Square, Authorize.net and Mollie, and each have their own set of fees depending on your location and payment types.

    We do not charge anything extra beyond the fees charged by your selected payment processor.

  • Can I use direct bank debit?

    We support direct bank debits for member payments, depending on your location and payment processor.

    Stripe and Authorize.net provide ACH and eChecks respectively to US customers. Stripe and Mollie provide SEPA bank debits to EU customers.

  • How do I track promotions?

    You can track attendance using a tablet at the front desk, or manually at the back office.

    For each program you run in your gym, you can set up promotion criteria for each rank / belt, and then generate reporting on members' progress towards their promotion criteria. The system also generates notifications when members are ready to be tested for promotion.

  • I have an existing website, can I use it with your software?

    All of our online features can work independently from the website we provide, and integrated on your existing website.

    This includes the gym weekly schedule, lead capture forms, the member sign-up form and access to the member portal.

  • Are you available in my country?

    Any gym around the world can use our software! Credit-card processing might be limited to the countries supported by our payment partners, but you can still run payments manually and use all of our features without limitation.