DD or not DD that is the question....
by The MMA Team on January 6th, 2015

Helping us to help you...

So. MMA has gone Direct Debit only and its mandatory. What's that all about? Well let us first say, that we have met with some resistance to say the least from some of you all about this and we completely, totally understand your concerns and worries. We really do.  

We understand you want total control of your finances, we understand you don't like giving out your bank details and all the other reasons you haven't wanted to make this transition.

Please bear with me though and I will try to explain things from our point of view, so maybe, just maybe we can see eye to eye and let you see why DD is a good thing. Firstly let's look at the positives in general.

Its totally safe. We use GOCARDLESS as our DD service provider and they operate a 100% secure server site that will not put your money or details at risk at all. 

You need control of your money? Well DD gives you complete control over your finances as you know your bills will be paid on the date they are due.

Theres no problems of not having any money or card on you when your subs are due and the embarrasment of not being able to train as your subscriptions are effectively out of date and your membership is invalid. 

These are just a few of them. However there is one other one. It ties in with all our hard work of late at automating the systems here at MMA. 

'Once upon a time there was a small dojo that offered one on one time with every member in every class.  This Dojo grew in popularity and in size.  But unfortunately, so did all the responsibilities of the teachers and they soon found themselves caught up in the mundane tasks of running the school instead of teaching in it.  Chasing payments, answering payment queries, signing people in, keeping registers was now normal life'

Ok. You get the picture?

We want to automate ALL our systems and make them effectively run themselves. Automatic log in with a key fob, automatic registers and attendance level records at our fingertips, no worrying about who has paid and when.   So for the last couple of months, we have been putting systems in place to achieve this and we are about to launch our exciting new software program that will enable us to offer you the above things and more. 

Imagine wanting to order something from our Pro Shop? 

How about scrolling through a really simple menu system and picking exactly what you want, paying for it and it arrives in a few days? even straight to your home if thats what you desire?

A quick flash of a keyfob on a barcode scanner and you are logged in for your class. Youre also logged in as an attendance for your grading total. 

Everything as simple as that.

'And the people of the land rejoiced as the teachers, free of their shackles went back amongst the people and taught. Not to them all. But to each of them'

Seriously, all we Instructors want to do is teach you. confident that all bases are covered and everyone can get on with doing the job we love. Teaching you. Please support us in this move forward and help us make it as seamless as possible. 

Thanks for listening and please leave any comments on this blog post or get in touch with us with your comments.  We love to hear from you. 

The MMA Team

Hopefully next week we will be releasing these keyfobs for you to use. More info as and when. Oh and you'll be getting your photo taken too. so SMILE :) 

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Lisa - January 7th, 2015 at 2:30 AM
Direct debit is great for us and it would be really great to see Darrel and Sarah teaching some junior classes again. The boys miss that interaction :-)
Sarah - January 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Can't see an issue, was paying SO, now paying DD. As classes grow we need our teachers in there to teach!
Helen - January 7th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
DD is great for us too I would also love to see Darral and Sarah back teaching the juniors two great teachers with so much experience seems such a same that it's not being used with the children.
Helen Reid - January 7th, 2015 at 2:20 PM
DD is great and makes life a lot easier. It would be nice to have Darrel and Sarah back in the dojo teaching the junior class, it's such a shame to have so much experience wasted behind a desk whilst the classes grow in numbers!
Helen Reid - January 7th, 2015 at 2:37 PM
Yer now I look like I'm really crazy posting twice but my first wasn't showing! :/
Although I think you get the picture, Zoe is an amazing teacher and Paul is Fab but is so frustrating, that the juniors seem to miss out on having you guys in there! We are lucky enough to have been with you guys from the very early days and watched how you teach as a team, it would be amazing to have that back and for the new juniors to experience it too!
Leonie Gleadall - January 11th, 2015 at 6:31 PM
Brilliant ideas and we're behind you all the way. More time with the students is going to benefit everyone. Thanks for putting in all the effort to ensure that everyone gets exactly what they need with minimal to no fuss whatsoever!
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