The real problem isn't the money it's 1) they're requirement for a commitment, which given that I'm not 100% sure I'm quitting taiko for good, is an problem and 2) (and this is much worse) the way the fees are laid out, it feels less like a school covering their costs and more like a used car salesman catching you for that last $500 for "detailing." I feel a little betrayed. I feel a good martial arts school should feel like a family.
I'm super sad because I've been looking forward to my classes so much and feeling so good afterwards. It was night and day compared to the other place, but the idea that it's fairly costly, for short limited classes, with potentially high testing fees with belts which are artificially divided (yellow and then yellow with white band, for instance.) The internet even says that a TKD black belt test often runs $600 or more.
I am super disappointed.