Re: Karate America rips off customers!! As someone who likes to be honest and balanced, I will endeavor to do so. Here I want to share with you how I was ripped off by Karate America.
I enrolled my 5-year old son to the Karate American Basic Training program January 03, 2006. At the time of enrollment, I paid $150 registration fee and $500 tuitions from white belt to yellow belt. Totally I paid $650.
At the time of enrollment, I was told there is also a leadership training program. I asked several times what the leadership training program is and how much is the cost. I was only told it is by instructors' recommendation, no any explanation and no any other details.
About a month later, the instructor recommended my son to the leadership training program. The instructor had him practiced in the leadership training group several times without asking any permission from me.
Two weeks late, I had an appointment with the instructor to discuss the details about the leadership training program. During this meeting, I found out the techniques Karate America is teaching under the Basic Training program is very limited. I also found out the big difference of the cost between the Basic Training program and the leadership training program. But nobody ever told me anything about these facts in advance.
Here is the cost for the leadership training program:
In addition to the $650 I already paid, they want me to pay $294 for training tools, $295 program initiation fee, and $179 monthly payment.
In addition to this, every time you child want to be promoted to the next level, you will need to pay $60 graduation fee. They will also try to lure the kids to buy the uniform with very high price. During each class, they will talk to children to bring in more buddies so they can rip off more customers.
The tricks they are using are luring your children to like the program, and then they can start to rip off the parents. These are exactly what Karate America did to me. The instructors asked my son to join the leadership training group several times without asking any permission from me. As most boys like weapons, so does my son. Once they found out my son is interested in those weapons, they start to persuade me to pay the outrage price.
I felt frustrated about these tricks and didn't want to be fooled more. I decided to withdraw my son from this program after I found out these tricks and requested money back. So far, the Karate America still refused to do so.
In the mean time, I want to share my story with everyone so you will not be ripped off by Karate America. Be aware of Karate America. Don't be fooled by the tricks they are using. Be very careful before making your decisions.
West Palm beach, Florida