Not honorable enough to teach Pirating on the high seas let alone Karate.
Do not enter a contract with this school!!!! the contract is actually with Educational funding Company (Google them, its scary) If my review doesn't stop you READ YOUR CONTRACT first and pay the more $ to do Month to Month (it will save $ in the long run)
For a few weeks the school seemed great, Good teachers.... especially Sensei Bennati (top notch) and was getting us back in shape. we liked it in-spite of the dirty floor mats that always required a dusting of your hands after push ups to remove the derbies.
All was well one month into it, until I over heard a student who just got promoted belts get hit up for an addition $15 a month to have access to sparring sessions which I was under the impression was included after yellow belt . My eye brow went up and I felt a little took, and looked into the paper work I signed when I enrolled as soon as I got home. as I read it, my jaw dropped, they own me for ever! Its an auto renew policy that renews for a whole additional year, if not canceled by you in writing on your anniversary date. yikes!!! When I signed this I was told I was signing a liability waiver and my credit card permissions receipt. I just prayed that nothing bad would ever happen that could keep me from paying; but it did....
My wife and I both got sick real bad with Pneumonia and we missed over a month and a half of class. We are now facing financial struggles due to missing 3 weeks of work each, mostly, unpaid. She now has Asthma for possibly ever and can't go back, I don't want to go cause as I told them when I signed up " I'm here for her moral support". I told Ron Joslin in a meeting about canceling that I understand we all need to make money and offered to pay him the back the saving I was getting by being in a year contract plus a fair cancellation fee. Legally they have to let her out of the contract, But they are giving us the run around and generally not being nice or honorable about it. But with me canceling my contract, Ron Joslin said I couldn't, he says He has the legal right to keep taking my money whether I come or not. And he said it very rudely and with an intimidating posture and he's a lot bigger than I, so I left and am a little afraid to go back. but I am stuck paying. He might be right, but legal and ethical are different things and they definitely don't conduct themselves ethically. YELP ME.
And he even threatened to put me under citizens arrest if I try to protest. what ever that means? smashing my face to concrete and sitting on me with a knee in my back? I don't want to find out.
Google Educational funding Company before doing business with Joslin's thats who you really sign the contract with.
I will update this review if they become more fair.
What you get at Joslin's East/West Karate you cannot find anywhere else. Invaluable self defense skills, life/personal development skills, focus and mental clarity, stress relief, physical fitness, confidence, and friendships are just a few of the benefits I'm experiencing at Joslin's East/West Karate.
My kids both enjoy classes at Joslin's as well. They are learning respect, self discipline, honesty and focus as well as how to defend themselves. I have lots of friends who put their kids in dance or in sports like soccer, but none of those even compare to what you get from this program. Most of these friends say that they want their child to learn a "team" sport, kids in karate develop their own personal skills as well as cheer on their classmates and learn to train with each other, but unlike so called "team" sports, in karate no one sits out and everyone participates and wants to encourage one another to achieve their next goal. In my opinion there is no better investment in your child's development than the karate program at Joslin's!
I have been going to Joslins for five years now, and am almost a blackbelt.
I love it so much, and know everyone there. It gets me up, and i'm always happy right after the classes, like I accomplished something wonderful, and I did.
I personally do not need physical fitness, but I have seen larger people young and old lower their weight, and hieghten their self esteem.
I am fifteen, and I attend Joslins, and i'm proud of my dojo!
I got my son dressed up tonight and headed over to Joslyns for class. I saw 8 other parents come call, go. The thing is we all got our kids dressed to go to Karate only to find the school closed. No teachers showed up so apparently the management called them. I looked on the door no note, came home "No message" looked at web site "NO message" called School "No message" How were we to figure out the school was closed except to pull on the door to make sure it was closed. There is no excuse for this behavior.
So AM I to read their minds to figure out they are closed. Sure it snowed in Auburn at 4am and schools closed for the day. By 4pm it was fine and many parents ventured out to Karate. Most people drive over 30 minutes one way invcluding myself. We just wasted over an hour each. There is also that time to get ready for class and in uniform.
This is a very unprofessional organization. They call and inform us of every parade they want the kids in but can't use their phone to let customers know they will not be open.
A formal appology to all parents would be appropriate. A phone call to apologize or something. I bet as time goes on we will hear nothing as if nothing went on. We definatly will not renew this year. WE have been at Joslyns over 4 years.
I also am upset about their charge. You are aloyal customer for years bring in new people and at the end of the year your contract renews automatically with an increase in payment.
Now I would think they would keep their older customers by locking them in on a rate. Then introduce new people in at a higher rate. But no they insist that the older customers must pay more and more.
Pros: The teachers are great
Cons: Don't let customers know when they will close. Leave us in t