If you want to join this site, first read and understand all the small print, any questions, contact us.
There are 3 types of membership in our school:
1. Regular Student Membership ($35): This is an optional membership for students who are part of Freedom School weekly classes. Regular members have access to online videos specific to their level and receive higher levels of access as they progress in their studies. Membership is compulsory for Freedom School teachers and those who want to grade in he Freedom School.
2. Online Student Membership ($70 for 6 months or $115 for 12 months): This is for students who cannot join regular classes or international students wishing to study online. The membership includes videos for the starter modules of every online course we offer. If you want to progress in any course (you can do as many as you want) you have to send us a feedback video of your training. Then we can evaluate you via email and give you access to the next module. The time it takes us to evaluate is subtracted from the time units you get with your membership. 6 Month memberships come with 60 minutes and 12 month memberships come with 120 minutes. At the moment Hans Menck does all evaluations and it can be seen as your personal training time with Hans. If your time units run out before your membership ends you can buy more time units under TIME UNITS at $27 for 60 minutes.
3. Discount memberships ($18 for 12 months): These memberships are for financially challenged students. Discount memberships can be obtained through a letter of request. Discount members have to prove that they train hard and regularly. So far the discount memberships have been a failure as we have given out a few but have never heard from the applicants again.
HOW DOES THE ONLINE TRAINING WORK?
Go to JOIN to choose your online membership option.
When you take the Online Student Membership, you will receive access to high quality online videos of the starter modules of each online course we offer. The videos cannot be downloaded but only watched online. They are meant to be followed regularly. If you want to progress in any course you have to send us a feedback video of yourself performing every exercise in the module, at least once. Send the video in compressed format, or upload it to youtube or Vimeo. We will then evaluate your video and give you feedback, and if your movements are ok, we give you access to the next module in the course. And so the process repeats. You can study as many courses as you want and learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. As part of your membership you have a certain amount of Time Units. Every time we evaluate your videos we subtract the evaluation time from your Time Units. Time Units can be purchased if they run out.
Please note that the only way you can get value out of your membership is by sending us regular feedback videos. If you do not train regularly, it has no value.
GRADING and CERTIFICATION
Online Students who complete a certain course to the standard deemed necessary by teacher Hans Menck will have his permission to teach and pass on that specific discipline. The online student's name will be added on a teaching permission database on this website. No online student has reached this level yet, but if one does, we can discuss the printing or creation of a certificate verifying the above. The certificate may cost something but we can discuss that when the time comes.
BLACK BELTS. Black belts are a modern invention of the previous century in Japanese martial arts and have been adopted now in the martial arts of many other cultures. Not all arts have black belts, for instance you cannot have a black belt in capoeira or tai chi. If you have the Freedom School's permission to teach a discipline it implies that you have a black belt level of skill in that discipline.
To be graded to Freedom School Black Belt by Hans Menck the student will have to be a well rounded martial artist, able to display an understanding of the form, health and self defense aspects of an art or a range of arts. Ordinarily it takes about 5 years of regular training for someone to reach that level, but people with previous experience or natural ability or very hard practise can progress much faster. No online student has reached this level in their training, but if one comes through the modules and can display the discipline to the necessary standard, the student can be graded and certified as a Freedom School black belt in a certain discipline or range of disciplines. Once again this and the possible costs to cover our time and possible expenses can be discussed when the situation arises. Black belts are just a sign of a skill and experience level. They are completely meaningless if they are not backed up by skill.