In response to the ""Pass on the Money Pit"" below:
I have been a student for nearly three years as has my entire family. A few points:
1. You've been to five classes and you are already an expert on martial arts, how people promote and the skill level of students?
2. When you join, it is very clear that you are committing to a term. Why? martial arts is about commitment, and not for people who find it acceptable to not only quit, but teach that same lesson to their children.
3.Things like belts, paying the staff who spend the entire day at the graduation ceremony and the use of the facility cost money. $50 is not unreasonable for that opportunity, as well as the positive effect it has on the kids who light up when the crowd cheers for them on stage.
4. TKA is a place where we all work with and support each other. People who make little to no effort, require special treatment and display an attitude that is anything but ""Adult"" are not missed.