Mat fees?

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  1. HockeyBjj

    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Wondering what a typical mat fee is for dropping in at a place for an evening class and roll when traveling for work or something.

    Place I just went to charged 15. That normal? Guess I was expecting more like 5 or 10 but what do I know as this was my first time
     
  2. Toothless King

    Toothless King Brown Belt

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    depending on the gym location. Obviously a gym like MG in NYC is going to charge more than BJJ Joe Shack in Alabama
     
  3. Ice 9 Cobra

    Ice 9 Cobra Black Belt

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    $20 is the standard for places that actually charge
     
  4. Knock Out Ned

    Knock Out Ned el mero mero

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    $20 is pretty standard even overseas. Sometimes I've had the mat fee waived and other times it hasn't been waived.
     
  5. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    I charge $15 and will buy you a beer or a soft drink after training.
     
  6. Freestyler

    Freestyler Purple Belt

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    I've never heard of anything over 20 so everything below that would be normal.
     
  7. lonewolf210

    lonewolf210 Orange Belt

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    I haven't gone to a big name place yet but have dropped in on about 5 places and have yet to be charged even at places that advertise mat fees. I have found that if you just walk in and talk to the instructor they are usually more excited about getting someone new for their students to roll with than anything else. Some of the smaller places told me I could come train for free with them anytime I was in town.
     
  8. Brian McLaughlin

    Brian McLaughlin Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    I drop $40 whenever I go to Marcelo's I think 10th Planet was $30
     
  9. HRMA

    HRMA White Belt

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    Free or $5-$10 depending on the gym and its reputation! In Houston, Tx you'll find plenty of free open mats just depending where you want to go based on time and date.
     
  10. JenStark

    JenStark Blue Belt

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    I travel a lot and do drop-ins whenever I can (in Europe). Usually I will just write the person in charge beforehand and ask for permission to come for a visit. Normally the coaches are excited to have new guys for a day and they won't charge anything and even offer me to come for free for a whole week or even two if I am in town.

    The only time I get charged for drop-ins is when the gym owners who do not have anything to do with BJJ say so. Most coaches are glad to have visits.

    After this experience, I would not go to a gym with a drop-in fee unless it is to attend the lesson of some world champ or big name.
     
  11. Lemniscate

    Lemniscate White Belt

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    At least $70 drop in from where I'm from
     
  12. Einarr

    Einarr Banned Banned

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    How much extra for a "happy ending"?
     
  13. Gerbiljiujitsu

    Gerbiljiujitsu Purple Belt

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    I think I paid $40 or $50 to train at Gracie Academy.

    At my school everyone gets a free week. It doesn't matter if you are visiting from out of town or trying out the school to see if you want to join.
     
  14. HockeyBjj

    HockeyBjj Putting on the foil

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    Ok thanks. Like I said I wasn't sure. 15 dollars seems pretty normal and fair, it's just gonna get a bit steep to train ~3 days a week when traveling 3/4 of the weeks this summer.
     
  15. Balto

    Balto Silver Belt

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    If you're going to be around for a week, tell them that ahead of time. They will probably sell you a week of classes cheaper than by the day.
     
  16. Sexy Pants

    Sexy Pants Blue Belt

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    Don't you think if your an upper belt say brown or black that the mat fee should be waved? I've paid 20 to even 40 bucks in the past. The longer you are around this game the more and more it seems like it's all about money.
     
  17. Toothless King

    Toothless King Brown Belt

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    you gotta pay to play. BJJ school is a business
     
  18. QingTian

    QingTian Purple Belt

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    Anything over 10 bucks ----> I'm going to lift weights instead.
     
  19. cms9690

    cms9690 Green Belt

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    I'll be sure to pay you a visit if I want BJJ in Auckland!
     
  20. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    I still charged mat fees to visitors (even if they are brown belt). You have to pay bills and stuff like that.

    also, if someone is planning to come down and expect to train for free because he is a high belt, he is likely to have an ego problem.
     

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