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LOCATION & REGISTRATION INFORMATION

"Itís not a building that makes a good school, but the curriculum and people inside."

Inner Strength Martial Arts is a full martial arts school simply without a private business owned building. We train out of the city rec centers, but we are much more than "just a rec center activity". Students who have trained at ISMA for years understand this statement. In an art where the unexpected is part of the best defense, compliments have been shared that ISMA is "the best kept secret around", because others, who believe only quality martial arts comes from a school with its own building (and expensive tuition prices), minimize ISMA's training solely based on our training locations. Long time ISMA students and those who have discovered ISMA from these other schools will tell you, it's not a building that makes a good school, but the curriculum and people inside. Simply put, never judge a book by its cover.

ISMA has been operating out of Carpenter Park since August 1997 and Joe Farmer since May 2001. Our policy is to try to support a student's continuous training, but it is crucial that students follow registration procedure as directed by each location. Our classes fill quickly once registration opens for the season so being proactive in registering is highly recommended. We hope you come to view ISMA as a full martial arts school who utilizes a room in another's building and not just a recreation center class too.

If you have any questions please contact us.

Location: Carpenter Park - Plano Joe Farmer - Allen
Registration Website Links: Plano Parks and Rec
Allen Parks and Rec
Registration Time Frame: Seasonal sessions as designated by the City's calendar. Must register for the entire session.
Seasonal sessions, but can register for individual months within the session.
Registration Opens: 3 times a year (winter & spring registration open together); you are registering for several months in a specific session. Session lengths are not equal. 12 times a year maximum, but open in seasonal blocks. You may register month-to-month pending space availability.
Do you have to be a City resident? No, but non-resident registration is delayed until Monday following Satuday registration for residents. No, but non-resident registration is delayed until Monday following Satuday registration for residents.
Tuition: Tuition based on entire session length and session lengths are not equal in months. Tuition is due in full for the entire session upon registration.
Tuition is $80 monthly (plus $3 Allen added fee).
Wait List? Yes, request to be added to it if the class is filled. As we continue to grow, students may be pulled from the waitlist or additional classes created. Waitlist doesn't roll over from session to session. Yes, request to be added to it if the class is filled. As we continue to grow, students may be pulled from the waitlist or additional classes created. Waitlist doesn't roll over from month to month.
School Contract? No No
Start-Up Package? Required: School uniform with belt and current AAU membership. $51 - $60 dependent on uniform size / membership. Required: School uniform with belt and current AAU membership. $51 - $60 dependent on uniform size / membership.
Other Fees? Because ISMA classes are not offered in a free standing martial arts school, they can be offered to you at lower costs. Other fees you will encounter as you continue in training may be for new uniforms, a school patch, sparring gear, rank testing, breaking supplies, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) membership renewals, etc. Because ISMA classes are not offered in a free standing martial arts school, they can be offered to you at lower costs. Other fees you will encounter as you continue in training may be for new uniforms, a school patch, sparring gear, rank testing, breaking supplies, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) membership renewals, etc.

 

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