OVERVIEW OF CALIFORNIA’S MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL CONTRACT LAW
My name is Frank Bloksberg. I am Chief Instructor of Aikido’Ka. I am also a lawyer. Nothing I say here is legal advice, just general rules.
If you want legal advice, go hire a lawyer! You can contact me, if you’d like. But I do charge for my time. I won’t be giving legal advice in the comments.
California Law Provides Great Consumer Protection.
These laws exist to protect you.
Let’s put it this way . . . Are you wondering how to get out of your martial arts contract?
In California, this is the law you’ll probably use. And you’ll probably find your answer in this article.
Even so, this article really is just an overview. Some exceptions apply which I am not going to discuss here, because they’re really uncommon.
These laws apply to all martial arts schools in California. The dojo cannot get out of these laws. Even if they have you sign a martial arts payment contract saying that you waive the law, the rules still apply.1
Your Martial Arts Contract Must Say How Long You Have to Cancel.
The agreement must state your right to cancel within five days. The face of the contract must clearly show the following notice, in at least 10-point bold type, close to the place for your signature:
You Can Cancel Your Martial Arts School Contract if You Move or Can’t Train.
You may cancel for either of these reasons at any time. For you to cancel because of disability, the disability must make it so that you cannot train. A physician must verify the condition.19
You Can Cancel Your Martial Arts Contract if the School Commits a Serious Violation of the Law, Including Misleading You.
Watch Out for Financing Agencies and Factoring!
Don’t Sign Anything Without Reading it Thoroughly and Understanding It!
If you can’t understand what you’re reading, don’t be pressured into signing. Say no until you understand it. Have someone you trust — preferably your lawyer — explain to you what it means.