Did you know that the average cost to open a martial arts school in the US is $50,000? Does that number surprise you?
In this article we’ll go over all the key items that add up to that cost, and what to consider when planning to open your own place – from location to mat space, to administration and marketing. We’ll even go over a couple of options for you to finance that cost. By the end, you should have a good sense of whether opening your own school is within your means.
Let’s start with one of the key aspects of a new martial arts school – location.
In this series of articles we’ll be discussing hidden feature of our gym management software that might not be in the forefront when setting up your account, but can make life that much easier.
Today’s will be going over our mass check-in feature, or “Multiple check-in” as it’s referred to in the user interface. To access the mass check-in feature, go to “Members” from the main menu, then “Attendance” and lastly “Multiple Check-in”.
The mass check-in feature allows you to pick a session based on a specific date and time, and check-in multiple members at once. Once you pick a session, you will see all the members eligible to check-in by their membership and program they’re in (based on whether they have a rank in that program), and you can pick multiple to check-in at once.
We wanted to share with you what we’ve been working on for the month of March / early April. Some of the new features / enhancement you’ve likely seen already, and some of it is less obvious, so read below to learn more about what is new.
Private Training Schedule
We’ve added the option to separate the gym schedule into a regular schedule and a private training schedule. This should help with cleaning up your schedule for your website or member portal, if you have many private training sessions that overlap with your regular schedule.
You can manage the private training schedule from the gym schedule management screen. If you have at least one instructor, you would see the “Private Training” option above the schedule on the right.
We reached out to Lindsay Sutton of Community Karate Center in Saint Charles, MO, to ask her about the founding story of her Karate school.
Tell us about Community Karate Center – What is the story behind opening it?
In 2018, my husband Neil and I, along with our friend Michael, decided to open our own karate dojo. We knew that we could do better than some of the local schools and I loved the idea of having creative freedom to run the business however we wanted; putting the focus on traditional karate values with a strong emphasis on customer service.
We have a some exciting new features and quality-of-life enhancement we wanted to share with you! We have been working on those since the last significant update in late January, and you might have seen some of those already while using our platform. Today we’ll cover in detail what is new and what has been changed:
Since our latest feature release at the beginning of the year which introduced the online shop feature, we’ve been working on implementing a skills library feature, and overhauling the attendance tracking reporting.
Let’s go over what has been added and what has changed with the recent update:
Alan “Gumby” Marques is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ralph Gracie, and the owner of Heroes Martial Arts in San Jose. He is also the co-founder of the OTM (OnTheMat) brand. Gumby was also my (Eran) instructor and Jiu-Jitsu mentor for close to 4 years, and the person who awarded me my brown belt back in 2015. I talked to Gumby about his school and how he’s been dealing with the COVID situation.
Reuven Lirov has been practicing and teaching Aikido since 2007 and currently holds a Sandan, or 3rd-degree black belt and Fukushidoin (1st level instructor) through the United States Aikido Federation and Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.
2020 was quite the year, a rollercoaster of highs and lows. From a global pandemic affecting everyone and gyms especially, to launching a brand new version of our software, we wanted to look back and recap everything that happened.
Kroyler Gracie and his school in Eikhart, IN, Kroyler Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, joined us shortly before the COVID-19 outbreak began in the US. Their support and input during this difficult time has been invaluable. We checked-in with Kroyler to learn more about his school and see how they’ve been handling this situation.