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Danna Davis

My 6 year old son has been attending Ninja class at 4GK since August 2018. He loves it and I do too! He loves the skills and games and I love the discipline he is learning. I’ve spoken with a child-behavior doc about what he gets to do in class and the doc was *thrilled*. It’s clear that he believes in the philosophies Sifu and Miss Heidi teach about the importance of play and physical activity for children for all aspects of their development.

Jen Robinson

I took a kickboxing class and it was amazing. I was so pumped and ready to take on the day. Everyone was super nice and the routine was so much fun I would definitely recommend and be back for more!!!

Laura Miller - Owner, Little People's Center reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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Had the pleasure of visiting Heidi at 4GK Martial Arts and observing both her EARLY SKILLZ for children ages 3-4 and MOMMY AND ME class for children 18 months and up. The children are guided through the basics of martial arts with hands on gross motor activities set at their own individual pace. It was a pleasure to see.

Di Trudden reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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My daughter completed her first group class tonight and I could not be a prouder or happier mama right now! Heidi Burmann and Raquel made Lily feel welcome and were so patient with her as she was learning the kicks and routines. I am so happy that we discovered a healthy and fun new hobby for Lily! If you are looking for an affordable place where your little one can learn and grow then 4GK is for you!

Everyone knows I have been on my own little health journey creating Our Mommy Movement and finding new ways to exercise. I signed up for kick boxing classes through 4GK and am really excited to try them out! Seeing how patient and kind the staff was with Lily I don’t have to worry about being surrounded by people who will judge me while I try to keep up with the moves.

Tina Dos Reis reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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Great school and awesome team! Everyone is extremely friendly. My nephew Sebastian just loves his Extreme Skill class and after watching the team work together, I decided to try the kickboxing class. Frank put the entire class through a great workout! I can't wait to lose weight and build muscle. It's just the change I was looking for! Thank you 4GK!

Jennie D'Ambroise reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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Great school! Adult kung fu classes are approachable for all levels. You will learn a lot and you will work hard. Sifu and your fellow students will help you to improve and you will make great friends. Kickboxing classes will also kick your butt. Women, train here, you are welcome at all classes and the atmosphere is friendly and supportive.

Tommy Aliberti reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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This has always been a home away from home! Very much a family, and I have been part of this system for 18 years! Great values, hard work, and many lessons to be learned every time, which I have taken with me in the ring, and in everyday life! 5 Star recommendation!

Donnie Keegan reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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My daughter has been studying here for, two months shy of, three years. She still loves it! I my self have decided to join. Love the staff. they are constantly innovating and improving,both the structure of the school and its teachings. I can only hope to improve myself to the degree in which my daughter has been improved herself! Absolutely top notch school!

Rachel Ramsey Weir reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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We have had a great experience in the last year that our son has been attending 4GK. He has become more disciplined in his actions, his body has been strengthened and he knows the rewards of hard work. The dedication of the staff is evident in each class. It is clearly a labor of love!

Cheryl Anne reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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Fantastic staff !!!!!!!!!! Fantastic fun classes, they know you're name, they know how to make you work while you happily sweat toward a better you !

Katie Bacigalupo reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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LOVE the kick boxing class! It is such a great work out and fun at the same time! I always feel great afterwards and can't wait to get back to the next class!

Michelle McCann reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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Great atmosphere, awesome staff and incredible workout! Love it!!

Victoria Ingoglia reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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I absolutely love the atmosphere. It's clean, friendly n very challenging. I've given some awful dirty looks while stressed n I get high fives later. High intensity fire burning workouts keeps me motivated!!

Rebecca Manzella reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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4GK is excellent! I signed up my son for Basic Skillz just a few weeks after his 4th birthday. He loves coming to class to see his fellow ninjas and I really enjoy watching him learn new skills. In a short time, I had already noticed a behavior improvement while in a group setting and the two half hour classes a week are perfect for his attention span. Thank you Miss Heidi and the rest of the staff for your patience and influence on Neil.

Dawn-Marie Francois reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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The school is great!!! Classes are manageable and they push you to do your best. Staff is friendly and patient.

Frank Gil reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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I wanted to make a change in my life. I was stagnant, not active and unhappy honestly. One day my brother and friend convinced me to take a class at 4gk. That was years ago and thousands of punches and kicks ago and I love it every bit now as I did that first class. The instructors are amazing, knowledgeable, and were always willing to work with me at my level. I've spent a lot of time here and find no matter how my day has been I can't help but smile when I walk through the 4gk doors. It's a great environment for people who want to challange themselves and grow and there is no place else I'd rather be

Roseann Wander Walsh reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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I absolutely love it there. Everyone is very welcoming and make you feel very comfortable. I've done kickboxing at several other place and all the people there were very clicky I am very comfortable here and would recommend it to everyone.

Kimberly Lago reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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My oldest daughter has been coming here for a year. We fell in love immediately after seeing how wonderful the staff is with working with children of all ages. My second daughter was dying to be in a class also. As soon as she turned 3 we gave it a try and she has blossomed. Seemingly shy I was curious to see how her first class type activity would be. She loved it. Just waiting for daughter number three to be old enough because she is only two, but already feels like she belongs. We absolutely love it.

Shannon Marr reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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I love this place. Everyone is super friendly and makes you feel like a part of the family. I get constant encouragement to keep going. And when I had sprained my ankle and couldn't come for awhile, they worked with me financially and kept sending me encouraging messages to take it easy and get better. I get the best work outs and never any judgements.

Leianne Marques reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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4GK is an awesome school. The entire staff treats you like family. I take the kickboxing and skillz fit classes. The encouragement and motivation you get from the instructors makes you feel like you can achieve your goals, do anything you want, even if your first instinct is to say no when they all you to do something. I accomplish something in every class and have learned to think yes I can instead of there is no way I can.... the instructors break things down so you can easily understand each move. Everyone is made to feel important and special in each class, no one is left out. I can't imagine going anywhere else.

Linda Cummings reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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We just started the mini skillz program a couple of months ago. I admit, after being in the free play, no rules music program for the entire spring, my 2 yr old granddaughter was starting to rebel against listening. The first day of class I was almost in tears after five minutes when I realized how bad her behavior had gotten without structure. I'm so glad I stuck it out though. The second class was a joy, with her listening intently and using her brain. Miss Heidi has the patience of a saint. She is also on top of age appropriate skills and stresses them at each class. We've learned taking turns, following direction, jumping, kicking and punching, and many, many other useful things. She loves going to her class twice a week and I truly love taking her. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these wonderful people and this fantastic school to anyone.

Danielle Hulse Maloney reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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My two sons have been coming here since December 2016. They absolutely love it & have THRIVED since coming! The older one suffers from anxiety & general fear, he has since built up tremendous confidence & has learned to verbalize any issues he may be having. The younger one is a ball of energy that needed direction & a release, he has achieved focus & better listening skills. The staff is AMAZING! They are welcoming, accommodating & listen to any issues you have whether it be with them, the class or your children. I could go to any of them & speak with them about ANYTHING & feel very comfortable doing so. Si Fu teaches the class in a low-key, fun manner that has the children engaged AND having fun at the same time, it's not the typical militant style. We received a military discount since my husband is a former marine AND ... They run a monthly themed Parents Night Out that gives parents a break without their kids from 7:30-10:00! I am thrilled that we found them & highly suggest to anybody looking for a martial arts school to check them out!

Yaoska Fleming reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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Great team! My daughter loves the school. She has learned so much since she started a year ago. I am so happy I found this place. I am so grateful for Ms. Heidi, Sifu Mike and all the team. Their love and dedication is shown in every class. Good job!!

Neil Manzella reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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I highly recommend 4GK to anyone considering Martial Arts for their children or themselves. The staff has been doing an amazing job with my 4 year old son. He has a safe and fun outlet for some of his endless energy supply and the staff do a great job keeping all of the students involved, active, and engaged in the classes activities. My son loves it and looks forward to it every week!

Christina Annessa reviewed 4GK Martial Arts
5
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We just started a month ago and my kids are in love & can't get enough of it. Everyday they ask do they have class. Its great for all ages and I really like that they split them up. My daughter is 5 and is learning age appropriate skills while in the next class my 8 year is learning different things. The staff is super friendly and always accommodates our needs. I absolutely love the fun nights they do as well, the kids get to hang out & have fun while I get to relax a bit a home. Overall very satisfied with this program.

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How Much Do Martial Arts Classes Cost?

One of the most common questions people ask when calling a martial arts school is:

“How much do martial arts classes cost?”

Any time one is considering a new venture, cost is certainly an important consideration.  But, it is important to recognize that martial arts training is more than a commodity to be selected based on price alone. 

There are several factors that might affect the price of martial arts classes, and it is important to do your research to find a school that provides what you’re looking for at a price point at which you feel comfortable.

Let’s talk about some of the common price ranges for martial arts classes, and what they usually include.  Keep in mind, this is a very general article, and there are exceptions to each of the following ideas, both for better and for worse. Since 4GK Martial Arts is located in Patchogue, NY we have based the information in this article on the norms one could expect in and around Suffolk County; regional differences may also be a factor in the price of martial arts training.

For the purposes of this article, we will examine the three main types of martial arts programs, each of which comes with its most common practices, general price ranges, and  classes of service:

The Community Program

These programs are generally taught in churches, community centers, parks, or sometimes the instructor will even lease space in a friend’s martial arts school.  It is most common for these programs to be the least expensive. 

Community programs tend to be part time operations.  Their hours and class variety tend to be limited.  Because they do not have a dedicated space, they may be lacking some of the amenities of larger schools.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, as they also tend to focus on smaller groups of students, providing greater connection where maybe some of the window dressing is missing.

Classes in community programs are more prone to scheduling changes, as they are at the whim of whichever organization is providing the space.  The trade off is that they also tend to be far more flexible about finding alternate training venues, such as the beach, the instructor’s back yard, or other creative locations, which can lead to exciting adventures and memories made.

When looking at community martial arts programs, expect to see prices anywhere from free on the low end to around $100 per month on the high end.  These schools tend to offer family and other discounts as they have very low overhead.  Payment methods are more likely to be cash or check, with tuition or dues payable per class, monthly, or by session.  These smaller programs tend to favor informal or short term memberships rather than contracts or other long term arrangements.

The Part-Time School

Whereas community martial arts programs tend to have no dedicated home of their own, many instructors take their classes to the next level by leasing a commercial space.  These schools tend to be in strip malls or storefronts, and while they may only operate on a limited schedule, they have full time access to the school. 

These schools tend to offer more regular schedules because they are not competing for limited space, though because they are part time, the schedules themselves may be limited to a few nights per week.  Also, because they have a dedicated space, they can create a training atmosphere that is pleasant and safe, with permanent installations of pads and greater ability to store training equipment that will enhance the student’s experience.

Part time schools tend to have one or two main instructors, but may also have a committed team of volunteer senior students who provide additional support in class.  Because of the need to balance their regular jobs, their families, and their training, instructors for part time schools may group students of a wider range of ages or abilities in a single class.  As with anything there are both pros and cons to this.  Some martial artists want to train with other adults and not worry about little kids in class; others may prefer the family style setting that allows parent and child to train side-by-side.

For those looking for a long term, regular commitment to martial arts training, but who are more conscious of budgetary considerations, the part time school may be the perfect blend of deciding factors.  Prices for classes at a part-time martial arts school are usually a bit lower than the national average, ranging from $75 per month to $150/month.

One other consideration for this type of school is membership type.  There may be options to pay less, but have only one out two nights per week to train versus paying more for unlimited classes.  Part time schools may also prefer to use contracts or billing agreements.  This helps them budget more accurately in the long term.  Check the terms very carefully to see what their cancellation policy is.  A contract in not necessarily a bad thing, its is simply something to examine closely before signing, but if you do not feel 100% comfortable, then don’t feel pressured to sign; there are other schools around that you can check first.

The Professional School

In this sense, professional simply means that the school is run as a full time business that is the owner’s main profession.  It does not necessarily mean the instruction will be any better or worse — that is a topic for a future post.  Because these facilities are full time, the usually have far more robust schedules, often operating 6 or 7 days per week for many hours per day.  Full time martial arts schools may have more classes, and more types of classes available.

While the operation is far grander, residing in strip malls or even standalone facilities, many professional schools still prefer smaller more personal classes, while others may offer far larger and more energetic sessions.  It is always important to make sure the class style will fit your preferences.  Full-time schools also usually have more equipment available, and larger professional staffs to ensure every member has the best experience possible.  In fact, these schools will spend as much time and effort on customer service as on the training experience, and like the community program, will often find creative ways to extend those lessons beyond the usual training space.

Many larger professional schools also spend ample time and invest heavily in staff development.  They may have several instructors on staff who attend national certifications, such as those offered by Skillz Worldwide, or those offered by the instructor’s organization.  Because of this, it is common to see lessons that go far beyond the martial arts.  Kids martial arts classes will have heavy emphasis on life skills, and adult classes may also offer life coaching, mindset training, and more.  These schools may even offer classes such as fitness kickboxing, yoga, or kettlebells.

Because of the level of investment and service in a full time school, expect to pay a bit more in return for the added value.  While there are full time schools charging $100 per month or less, this is certainly the exception; it is far more common to see prices for martial arts classes at these schools in the range of $150 to $200 per month.  Some schools also have add on and upgrade programs, such as leadership classes, competition teams, etc.

Owners of full time school usually falls pretty firmly into one of two membership option categories:  The contract (usually yearly, though longer and shorter options may be available) and the month-to-month option.  There are a few schools who will offer both, with incentive for the longer term contracts.  Again, each has its pros and cons, so just be sure that all of the terms are crystal clear, including what happens when it is time to move on, what their freeze policy (if any) might be, and what happens at the end of the contract.

Other Considerations

While monthly tuition is usually what is discussed when considering the price of martial arts classes, there are some other factors that may affect your total investment.

As mentioned above, many schools, especially the full time establishments, will offer add on and upgrade programs, as well as optional private lessons.  These may add an additional $25 to $100 per month.  While there is added cost, they also often come with perks the provide equal or greater value.  Like with contracts, it is important to fully understand what is included, what to expect as far as payment, and what happens if you change your mind.  With add on programs, it is usually a small extra fee, but some schools offer long term upgrades that provide specialized training, uniforms, etc.

It is a common practice with schools of all types to charge additional testing fees each time a student promotes.  Sometimes it is simply a way to spread out the annual cost of training, though some schools may charge hundreds of dollars per test in order to generate additional income or provide grander events.  A newer trend in the martial arts industry is to include testing in regular tuition.  This helps detach the learning experience from the financial transaction, which allows for students to progress based on merit, not whether their bill has been pad or not.

Depending on the style of martial arts, some training equipment may be required.  You may need a uniform, protective equipment, training weapons, or even mandatory retail purchases.  Different schools handle this differently, so it is helpful to ask what gear you will have to purchase over the course of your training experience.  It is not uncommon for schools to require you to purchase your equipment directly in their pro shops.  This helps them keep tuition costs down, but also ensures that the gear you purchase is the correct type and the highest quality.

Many schools belong to organizations that require secondary fees.  This may be an insurance fee in the case of the community martial arts program, or a governing association in the case of many Tae Kwon Do schools. 

Conclusion

Choosing a martial arts school is an exciting and involved process.  Make sure, above all, that you (or your child) feel safe, happy, and welcomed in any school you attend.  When asking about price, remember that “How much do karate classes cost?” is just the beginning of the conversation.  Find out about terms, added fees and expenses, testing fees, and what is included in the cost.  Higher price can often provide higher value, and while lower monthly rates save you money they may speak to other costs or frustrations.  Or they may not.

Martial arts is a long term lifestyle investment, so take your time, do your research, and weigh the price against the value you expect to receive.

If you are looking for a school that meets your value and budgetary needs in the Suffolk County area, give us a call at 631-776-8060 and we’ll be happy to help you find a school, even if we end up not being the fit you need.

 

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