How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Part-Time Commercial Studio

Prior to getting into this post regarding the part-time commercial studio, let’s do a brief recap of how we got to this point.  We got the ball rolling by starting some classes at a YMCA, fitness facility, community center, or similar type venue.  We volunteered to be instructors in order to grow faster and build a strongContinue reading “How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Part-Time Commercial Studio”

Thriving, Surviving, or Dying: Which One Is Your Martial Arts School?

March 10th, 2020.  That was the last day I taught a normal, restriction free martial arts class.  Over a year later, masks and socially distanced activities are still required in my area. We are quickly approaching a year and a half since the start of the COVID19 pandemic.  While it appears we are approaching the end here inContinue reading “Thriving, Surviving, or Dying: Which One Is Your Martial Arts School?”

How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Business Plan Pt. 2

In this post I will continue my series on how to start, grow, and maintain a karate studio.  In my last post I explained the importance of having a business plan and started going through the ins and outs of the business plan as it pertains to a martial arts studio (or similar type business).  That postContinue reading “How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Business Plan Pt. 2”

Karate Customer Service

As a martial arts instructor, I was always taught to “give them what they need, not what they want.”  Think about it.  Karate is hard.  It is physically and mentally challenging.  We try to help students become more disciplined, focused, and respectful.  This is especially true for the kids we teach.  If we let them do what they want, I doubtContinue reading “Karate Customer Service”

How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Business Plan Pt. 1

The year was 2006.  I was in Orlando, FL at a Tang Soo Do World Championship Tournament.  I had been running my studio at a YMCA for the last 2 years and had grown it to over 50 students.  I was working on opening a commercial studio and needed a little extra capital.  Although I didn’t quit my dayContinue reading “How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Business Plan Pt. 1”

How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Soft Start

So, you’ve been training in martial arts for many years, assisted teaching under the guidance of a mentor, and are now ready to take the big step and become a martial arts studio owner yourself.  Congratulations!  Now what? You can’t just close your eyes, think hard, open them up and poof, you have a bustling group ofContinue reading “How to Start, Grow, and Maintain a Martial Arts Studio – The Soft Start”