Can I try a class before I sign up?
Yes you can. All prospective students are entitled to one free class before they have to pay dues.
When is a good day to come by for a trial class?
All classes are equally suitable for prospective members to try out. Because of the rotating curriculum schedule, new material is covered every 10 days, and one week isn’t better or worse than other, just different.
What should I wear to my trial class?
Typical work-out clothes is suitable for your trial class. If you have workout pants (as opposed to shorts) those are preferred. Also, a non-black shirt is preferable, as black shirts are typically only worn by black belts. If you own a cup and/or mouthpiece, please wear those, but they are not required.
I have had no prior experience in the martial arts. Will I be comfortable in your class?
No prior experience is required or expected in any Goldsmith Kung Fu class. All classes are taught at a level suitable to the people participating. If there are various skill levels present, then the class is divided as needed and the different groups work different drills.
I already have prior experience in another martial arts system, how will I be treated at Goldsmith Kung Fu?
Wun Hop Kuen Do firmly believes that all knowledge has value, and Sifu Jason Goldsmith wholeheartedly supports this policy. Many students at Goldsmith Kung Fu enter with prior experience, and all such students are encouraged to use their past knowledge. In some cases (a judo expert being a notable example), students help teach specific drills with Sifu Jason’s oversight, using their expertise to enrich the class. However, while all prior experience is acknowledged and utilized in class, cross-ranking is strictly against WHKD and Goldsmith Kung Fu policy.
A lot of martial arts schools have contracts. If I sign up and change my mind, what is your contract like, and how can I get out of it?
Goldsmith Kung Fu is strictly against standard contracts seen in most martial arts schools. Payments are processed at the beginning of the month, and if you decide to take a break from training, simply notify Sifu Jason before the first of the month and you won’t be billed.
What other fees are there besides tuition at Goldsmith Kung Fu?
Besides tuition, each student is expected to purchase a Redbook (which is our curriculum binder) for $10 upon joining. A cup and mouthpiece are also expected to be purchased shortly after joining. Before the first test, each student should own a complete uniform (t-shirt plus pants), which typically runs $40. Finally, each test costs $50, which includes your belt and next set of requirements. Before your first test, and annually thereafter, you must also keep your WHKDIA membership current, at a rate of $10 semiannually after your initial $20 registration for two years.