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Premier Martial Arts Franchise Cost vs Licensing Empower Kickboxing Fee


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MATA Martial Arts Instructor Certification Course

Module 21-The Proper Use of Student Instructors

by Scot Conway, Esquire

The $25,000 Volunteers

Excerpt from the Martial Arts Instructor Certification Course:

Using upper ranks to teach classes has been a long-standing martial arts tradition. But, is it legal?

A California instructor had his black belts teaching under-rank classes at his studio. In exchange, he no longer charged them tuition.

This continued until one fateful day when the owner and a black belt student had a disagreement.

The vindictive student contacted the California Labor Board and reported that his instructor had been employing assistants by requiring that they teach classes each week.

This can constitute an Employer – Worker relationship. The only thing missing was payment for the workers and the taxes the government would collect if they were being paid.

The State of California investigators concluded that the owner, over the years, had a total of 25 black belts teach classes.

They defined them as uncompensated employees, which is illegal under the laws of California, and fined the instructor $1,000 per incident.

The final bill: $25,000 for the volunteers.

Lesson: Know your state laws regarding utilizing assistant instructors.

Why risk your life savings in a franchise when you can license a successful system for less than 1% of the cost? How does that make any sense?

Premier Martial Arts Franchise cost ranges from:

 $183,650 – $421,800



Empower Kickboxing® license fee at:

$149 a month or $1,485 annually

IMPORTANT MATH: The $183k PMA cost equals 124 years of Empower Kickboxing fees.

Empower Kickboxing® is just $149 a month and includes a custom website! That is one student’s tuition per month. 

“I recommend Empower Kickboxing to anyone who wants to improve their school. It includes a modern martial arts curriculum, teaching instruction, business systems, website, social media promotions, and more. Everything you need to run a modern martial arts school in one complete program. It has improved my school tremendously.”
Don Martinez

Owner, Victory Martial Arts Academy

“My students totally love the Empower Kickboxing Curriculum! I love it too! Your simplified business model is really working for me and I look forward to many more years of working with you!”
Brown’s Karate Studio
Angleton, TX
Brock Brown

Owner, Brown’s Karate Studio

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