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How Much Should Martial Arts Classes Cost?

One common question we often encounter is, "How much should martial arts classes cost?" The answer, considering competitors' current pricing, is that it can range from $25 - $500 a month or about $30 per class. Because most studio-based dojos are rigid in what they teach, they have to charge more money due to higher costs and typically have long-term contracts. At ActivStars Athletics we encourage you to look for 4 things to help you choose the right martial arts school. We'll delve into this topic exploring some of the factors that contribute to the cost of martial arts classes and why at ActivStars Athletics we can offer exceptional value at only $9 a class with no long-term commitment.


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  1. Instructor Expertise: This is one of the biggest factors for a positive experience, particularly for kids, which is why we list it as #1. Some instructors may be very good at their martial arts, but do they also have the training or natural ability to positively relate and work with kids? When looking for a martial arts school, make sure you ask not only about their martial arts credentials, which will influence cost but also whether they are trained in working with kids. Similarly, confirm if the staff undergo background checks to ensure a safe environment. Our instructors are some of the most highly skilled and decorated in the industry. However, each takes as much pride in our Kids First motto, as they do in being experts in martial arts.

  2. Style: Some dojos teach only one style of martial arts, which is great for developing skill and expertise. Others mix only bits and pieces of various styles so students miss out on more complete learning. There is value in understanding various styles, but it is also critical to fully learn at least one style as a foundation to improve one's overall martial arts IQ. Then, the more styles a student is familiar with like Kung Fu, Karate, or Taekwondo, the more well-rounded they will be in their martial arts and associated life skills. At ActivStars Athletics, we first establish a strong foundation of martial arts enabling students to advance through the ranks improving skills in specific styles so they are better prepared to learn new ones.

  3. Location: Some schools require 3-4 classes a week. In today's busy schedule, making sure that a location is close or easy to get to will ensure consistency. A school with multiple locations also makes it easy to transfer in case your family moves in the future. ActivStars Athletics has established partnerships with local schools and churches around the country through our 30+ years of experience. This allows all of our students to stay within the family wherever they may go, and continue advancing in our programs and curriculum.

  4. Frequency: How often one trains is important for improvement. However, there is much that students can learn on their own with guidance or "homework" from their instructors. Some schools require a big commitment to going multiple times a week and charge a corresponding price, particularly to offset the higher overhead of a studio. Others have lower costs and can provide families the flexibility of attending once a week enabling students to be able to do martial arts in addition to other activities for well-rounded development.

The question of how much martial arts classes should cost is often met with a wide range of answers. Traditional studio-based dojos, constrained by rigid teaching models and higher overhead costs, often necessitate long-term contracts and higher fees. We encourage you to consider these four key factors when selecting the right martial arts school for the most meaningful experience in your or your child's martial arts journey.


Our instructors are not only highly skilled in martial arts but are also trained to work positively with children, prioritizing their safety and well-being. We emphasize building a strong foundation in one martial arts style before introducing students to others, ensuring a well-rounded learning experience. With multiple convenient locations and flexible training options, we strive to make martial arts accessible to everyone, regardless of their schedule or location.


Our goal is to empower students to pursue their martial arts journey with confidence, knowing that they're receiving top-quality instruction in a supportive and nurturing environment. So whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, we invite you to join us at ActivStars Athletics and discover the transformative power of martial arts. Find a class near you here.

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