ED Magedson – Founder
The World Martial Arts Federation, Inc.1149 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles California 90019 Los Angeles, Buena Park, California United States of America
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.
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