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My son has been there for two years. At the beginning, he was very interested to get to different belts. However, he has been getting bored because of the long period time to get to the next level and eventually to the black belt.
Tiger Schulmann has a belt system It is like this: White, High White, Blue, High Blue, Yellow, High Yellow, Red, High Red, Green, High Green, Brown, High Brown, Black.
You used to have to get three stripes for each belt to get the next belt. Each stripe cost you 10 - 15 class.
It is very expensive, and getting more expensive. They changed system from three stripes to four to six stripes between each belt recently, which means a kid has to spend 25% - 75& longer time to get to the next belt, and the parents have to thrown in more money into it as well.
Another trick is the teacher can decide that your kid is not good enough and require more class to get a stripe or next belt.
At the beginning, kids only take so called core course. Then they have to take kick boxing and gappling courses to get to the next level. They only teach very basic skills, and you just can't see much progress for your kids. Gears are expensive, because you have to buy TSM branded stuff. A shirt can cost you 50, and set of gear can cost you 300.
Be very careful if your kids want to get into it. It may cause you more than 10K for your kids to get his black belt. And it is getting more and more expensive.
The Truth - Queens, ny
Reviewed Jan 22, 2010 1:29PM