Yes, within reason. This is a long term program. To reach your Black Belt takes between 3-4 years, and many students have multiple levels of Black Belt and have been with us for over a decade. That being said, we do not believe in trapping students in our program. Our goal is to get you to Black Belt and Beyond because you see the value of our program and believe in it. At the same time, each new student greatly affects their class and takes time to settle into the flow of things. At first students are full of excitement because this is new and, granted, very cool, but then they realize that it takes work to be successful. That’s when they get discouraged. This is totally natural, and part of the process that builds self esteem (see our “Building Self Esteem
” article). It will happen; everyone goes through ups and downs. The problem is that when we quit prematurely, the first time something gets hard, it is very damaging for our self esteem. That is why we require an initial 6 month commitment. This allows you to complete two testing cycles, to experience those ups and downs and push through them, and to know if this program is right for you. After that point your agreement will automatically shift to an ongoing, 60-day notice agreement.