- Report: #603345
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: The World Martial Arts Federation, Inc.
The World Martial Arts Federation, Inc.1149 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles California 90019 Los Angeles, Buena Park, California United States of America
The World Martial Arts Federation, Inc. Moo Sool Won Scam for $10,000 for Martial Arts Classes Los Angeles, Buena Park, California
*Author of original report: The World Martial Arts Federation Inc. Scam
*UPDATE Employee: Stay positive.
*UPDATE Employee: What is the definition of Libel and Slander?
*Author of original report: Mediation
*Author of original report: The World Martial Arts Federation Moon Ari Moo Sool Won
*Author of original report: The World Martial Arts Federation SCAM Moo Sool Won
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I was charged $10,000 for tuition at the World Martial Arts Federation Inc., A.K.A. Moo Sool Won. I was promised to receive one-on-one training with different instructors and unlimited classes. Initially, the program was being sold for $15,000. I refused that offer several times and said that I was a low-income individual and could not afford that. After I said that, I was told that I got a $5,000 scholarship from The World Martial Arts Mission. I found out later that the mission was being run by Ari Moon, the person who sold me the Black Belt Club program. After I made the first payment of $5,000, I was mostly trained by students at the World Martial Arts Federation Inc. with a higher belt ranking, not by qualified instructors. One time, one of the students who instructed me was a 6 year-old black belt. Whenever I expressed disagreement, I was told to be silent and follow the orders from the owners and the manager. I asked for a refund several times and was refused. I wanted to get a written agreement and a receipt from the World Martial Arts Federation Inc., but I was refused until the remaining balance was paid off.
After I made all the payments, I still was not provided with a written agreement for another week. I got very upset about that, and on Feb. 9, 2010 at around 8:30 P.M., after the owner refused to communicate with me completely, I was taken to a separate room by the manager and given a completely different agreement for only one year. I was told that the money would not be refunded in any case. My only option was to sign that agreement or I could leave with no reimbursement. I was told that even though the agreement could last for only one year, once I get my black belt, I would be able to attend all classes. The contract said that I was entitled to unlimited classes. I was also told that my instruction would be semi-private. However, after I signed that contract, I was told by the owners and the manager to come to classes allowed by them. After I asked for a refund, I was told that I should leave the school if I had a problem. One time, I was physically harassed by the owner because I complained about the size and the fit of the uniform. After I told other instructors about the incident, I was instructed to apologize because the owner had the right to physically harass me because of his higher belt ranking. I had my own uniform and sparring gear, but I was forced to buy the schools uniform and sparring gear, or I would not be permitted in class. I was given one belt after another very quickly whether I knew the required techniques or not. Then, I was told by the owner that as soon as soon as I get my black belt, I would have to start paying higher fees for further certification. The test fee for a 2nd degree black belt was $1,600., 3rd degree - $3,000 and 4th degree - $5,000. I was constantly pressured by the owner to buy food products through her. I was advised to attend the church the business owners go to. The pastor there has an honorary black belt from the business owners. Yong Moon, the CEO, charges $1,000 for his private lessons and Ari Moon, the sole proprietor of the property the school is located in - $300. Even though I have never asked for any private instruction from them, I was always told that somehow I owe them for their attention and I would be charged even more money. I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. The business owners failed to respond twice. I was kicked out of school, because according to the owners and the manager, I was disrespectful and I had no right to file a complaint with the BBB or a small claim against them. I was not given any reimbursement and the owners did not respond to my mediation offer.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/14/2010 11:02 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/The-World-Martial-Arts-Federation-Inc/Los-Angeles-Buena-Park-California-90019/The-World-Martial-Arts-Federation-Inc-Moo-Sool-Won-Scam-for-10000-for-Martial-Arts-Cla-603345. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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