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Links to Online Resources for Opening a Martial Arts School

The following is a list of links to our recommended list of resources for martial arts instructors who are opening a martial arts school. Please support these businesses by clicking the links below to visit these websites. Thanks!

Billing, Payment Processing:

  • DoYourOwnBilling.com. Save 50% or more on your billing! With PaySimple you can bill, collect and deposit your students' tuition payments automatically. And, it integrates seamlessly with QuickBooks® and ZenPlanner. (Note from Mike: "I have been using them for over a year now, and in my opinion they are hands down the best billing solution for martial arts schools, period. They've saved us money and helped us increase our on-time collections to nearly 100%.")


Business Management Software for Martial Arts Schools

  • ZenPlanner - A really easy-to-use, yet powerful school management solution. Zen Planner is a unique web-based tool designed to grow your martial arts, yoga, pilates, or music school. It works with the computer you're using right now to lighten the burden of managing your business.


Business Plans for Martial Arts Studios:

You'll need a martial arts business plan if you're seeking financing - most lenders won't talk to you without one. Here are some options for writing it:

  • Business Plan Pro - The top-rated business planning software from Palo Alto - includes a sample martial arts school business plan - just enter your own info and you're done!
  • Business Plan Secrets Revealed - Written by a CPA and former CFO for major venture capital companies, this business plan manual not only helps you figure out what to write but how to write it. Instant download.


Business Management Information for Martial Arts Schools


Clip Art for Martial Arts Schools

  • Martial Art Clip Art - Complete martial arts and karate clip art collection. Over 350+ images... stop searching the internet for free images - get this collection today!


Consumer Interest Sites

  • Information on Starting and Choosing a Martial Arts School - Site with information on starting martial arts and choosing a school, including a list of all styles and types of martial arts, tips on choosing a school (and how not to get burned), training tips, video links, equipment resources, and more. NOW ACCEPTING STYLE-SPECIFIC ARTICLES ON STARTING MARTIAL ARTS!


Direct Mail

  • MembersToday.com - Direct mail for martial arts schools and fitness centers. Ask for Jim Thrift, the martial arts marketing specialist, when you call.
  • Quick Karate Sales Letters - Guide to direct marketing for martial arts schools by Mike Dolpies.


DVD and Video Instructional Programs:

  • Bushido DVD Inc. - Bushido DVD is the world's largest on-line DVD rental company specializing in martial arts & self defense related titles. Members have access to our vast DVD collection of nearly two thousand martial arts titles. UNLIMITED RENTALS, ONE LOW MONTHLY FEE. NO DUE DATES, NO LATE FEES, and FAST, FREE SHIPPING - BOTH WAYS!
  • Century Martial Arts Videos/DVDs, Books, and Workout Music. Click here! - All the martial arts DVDs and Training Videos you could ever want in one place. (Mike says: "Quick tip... check out the "Warm-ups" series by Diego Perez and Eddie Diaz. They are excellent!")



  • The Martialarm Martial Arts Training Machine - The Martialarm is a martial arts "training partner" which allows repetitive practice of training techniques and attack methods. How? It simulates a real opponent actually throwing a punch or an enemy in an aggressive guard. As you train on the Martialarm it allows you to practice your attacks using full power blocks and strikes.


Fitness Resources:

  • Need Ideas for Your Fitness and Conditioning Programs? Something that is geared toward combat athletes? Then CLICK HERE to check out SAMAS site member Jason Brown's awesome educational resources for hard core athletes!


Instructional and Training Resources:


Nutritional Products:

  • Easy, Hands-Off Sports Supplement Retail Program for Your School - (Nope, it's not an MLM company.) They provide you with a free website that you send students to, and you get a check each month for 30% of the sales from your site. It's easy! (Note from Mike: "Not do only do I take these supplements, I also offer them to my students. And, I get a nice little check each month, just for referring my students to my site.")


FREE Cash Flow and Starting Costs Calculators


FREE Government Business Resources:

Health Insurance:

  • eHealthInsurance offers the largest selection of health plans. Compare & Apply Online, Free instant quotes, Best prices, and Live help!


Incorporating Your Business:

  • Many business owners want to incorporate their businesses... but don’t know where to turn for fast, reliable & affordable incorporation and LLC services. Look no further! Get incorporated or form an LLC with The Company Corporation®. (Mike says, "These guys will save you a ton of money over hiring an attorney.")

For a FREE “How To Incorporate” Guide, Click Here


Legal Books

  • Working For Yourself by Stephen Fishman - Offers lots of great legal advice and tips for the self-employed.

Legal Services

  • Need a Business Lawyer? - Legal Match will help you find a pre-screened attorney in your area that specializes in business law, or any other area that you need assistance in. By the way, the service is FREE.


Logo Design:

  • If you want to present a professional image, having a great logo is a must.  The Logo Company is the top-rated logo design company reviewed by Wired magazine, and is also the best value.  Currently, you can get their professional, high-quality logo design service for under $200, with unlimited revisions.  (Mike says: "I had these guys do some work for our school, and they exceeded my expectations on both jobs. You can see one of the logos they did for my kid's classes here - view sample logo." )


Marketing Resources:

  • Martial arts school web design - Need a martial arts website for your school? Modern Digital Marketing will build you a custom website that gets leads and students... 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The best money you'll ever spend on marketing your school!
  • Quick Karate Sales Letters - Mike Dolpies' guide to direct mail marketing for school owners... check it out!


Mats and Flooring

  • Click here for Rubber Flooring for Athletic Gyms, Weight Rooms, Commercial and Home, Interlocking Tiles and Rolls.


Merchant Credit Card Accounts:

  • Accept Credit Cards - Accept credit card payments for your school. Competitive rates, fast approval.


Office Productivity Software


Printing Services:


Web Marketing for Martial Arts Schools:

  • Modern Digital Marketing - Need a martial arts website for your school? Modern Digital Marketing will build you a custom website that gets leads and students... 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The best money you'll ever spend on marketing your school!
  • Free Google Adwords Course! Learn how to make paid search and pay-per-click campaigns work for you. Free five-day course shows you how.
  • Autoresponder and e-Newsletter Management - Automate your online lead collection, lead follow-up, and email newsletter campaigns with the #1 tool for online marketing automation. Just copy and paste the code into your site to start collecting leads, automatically!