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  • Leasing to talent

    Having started MA at 18, but not taking it seriously until 25, I know I’ll never be a “great” martial artist. Or at least, not great enough to put my face & name on a billboard and sell my skills to my students for profit, anyway.

    But as a business, is it common for a guy like me- an [aspiring] entrepreneur, to own a gym wherein other trainers / sifus / senseis /etc train in a syndicated establishment?

    For example- a barber shop may not be owned by the head barber- instead each barber rents a chair from an administrator. The rent is paid by the barber’s customers, and the excess goes to the barber. In a symbiotic relationship, the administrator and the clients work to advertise their practice, and enhance the customer’s experience with the hopes of bringing in more and better customers.

    Is this common in MA dojos/gyms as well, or are most salaries (contracted, in this scenario) paid by membership dues. And if that's the case- how is it mediated between instructors with few clients and instructors with many? Attendance rosters? Or is it all divided to the instructors as flat-rate employees of the gym?

    Sorry for the barrage of questions. And thanks in advance!


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    theres quite a few ways you can do that. You can rent out spots for a specific prices, but for some martial artist that are just starting out, might not be able to afford the rent. So paying by percentage might be the way to go. But if you do that, then i'd suggest contracting so they do so many tournaments each year and get a percentage off of that.
    There are also other business that you can be part of to help promote your business as well as help with Liability insurance, such as IKF, ISKA, USSSA, USA Boxing.