New students will fill out a waiver and pay an upfront non-refundable $160 joining fee (includes the first two full calendar months of classes). This first two months will be considered a probationary membership period. This one time payment is possible by either Venmo, Zelle®, check, or cash. (Paypal is possible but will be an added $7 processing fee).
If the student wishes to continue training beyond the initial membership period and the teacher agrees to accept the student, then the student will pay the $70 monthly member dues* promptly at the beginning of each month. For two family members it is $110 monthly ($30 discount for a second family). Venmo, Zelle®, Paypal subscription, or cash are acceptable. For the discounted Paypal Subscription options see the sign-up below. For other methods of electronic payment, speak with the teacher. Within the first year of training the student is expected to join the school’s parent organization, see North American San Shin Kai. NASSK membership is required before attending any official NASSK camp (NASSK annual dues are $50) and is collected annually in January.
Monthly membership dues are primarily for the school’s operating expenses. They help keep the dojo doors open, the lights on, and the school website and other online visibility humming as well as online services like video instruction creation for practice outside of class times. They are not a direct payment for instruction. Dues are non-refundable for that reason.
The teacher reserves the option to not accept an applicant as a student at any time.
In-Person private lessons scheduled outside of the regular class times are possible at a rate of $95 per lesson (any required space rental for a lesson is additional). The length of a private lesson is 60-90 minutes. Virtual private lessons by video conferencing either by Zoom or Google Duo are possible at a rate of $60 per hour paid in advance. All private lessons are non-refundable if the student cancels less than 24 hours before the lesson. If space rental has already been paid, that will be the responsibility of the student even if student cancels more than 24 hours before the lesson.
*Note: Non-payment of monthly membership fee places the member in non-active status and they are not allowed to attend classes without first talking to the teacher in order to be considered for readmission as an active member. In addition, all students are expected to be members in good standing with the North American San Shin Kai (pay annual member dues by January, attend NASSK sanctioned seminars of at least 1/yr). The Houston San Shin Kai Member dues do not include special events such as any Saturday seminars.
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