A few months ago, I posted a blog about the real cost of Martial Arts. The thought behind the post was that if you just look at the price tag of Karate, you will likely miss out on the many benefits it offers. In this post, I want to address another misconception that is sometimes made about other sports when compared to Karate.
First, as a little background, I have trained in Karate since age 7. I also played soccer and baseball as a child. I then played football in high school and college. Sports can provide many great benefits. Often, people will compare the price of playing soccer/baseball/etc. to the cost of doing Karate. Although on the surface, these other sports may be cents on the dollar compared to Karate. I would say the benefits of Karate training, outweigh the benefits of sports training by leaps and bounds. But that isn’t the reason I’m writing this post.
To use easy numbers, let’s say Karate costs $2000 per year. A town sport, may have a $80 registration fee to play. Seems like a no brainer, the town sport is a lot cheaper. But then factor in the hundred(s) of dollars for equipment per season, the hundred(s) of dollars potentially in gas money, the cost of uniforms/trophies/extras, not to mention the cost of your time. When you add them all up, what may have looked like a simple $80, isn’t so cheap anymore. In some sports, those numbers can be exponentially higher as children get older. So when it comes to price, what you see may not always be what you get.