We are not allowed to sublet any of our space, it's in our lease. But we are teaching karate, capoeira, wing chun, breakdancing...lots of stuff. It's all on our website. I have 12 years experience in karate, been doing that a lot longer than parkour and I'm really looking forward to starting to teach it again. We will also be open almost all hours of the day, so that's not really much of an issue. I'll keep updating as the business grows.
I actually have amazing credit, but was unable to get a loan. It's almost impossible to get a loan for a starter business. If you don't have at least 2 years of past financial info the banks pretty much won't even look at you for a loan like that. Especially with the economy as it is right now. We are funding the whole thing ourselves.
We didn't ever want a foam pit. They are super expensive, super dirty, and super dangerous. Not at all interested. Plus building it would be extremely difficult. You'd either have to have a raised one (like at the Tempest Academy) or you would have to dig out a big hole and re-pour concrete around it. We will have a 24x32 foot foam block gymnastics floor (like a spring floor but with high density foam blocks instead of springs. Absorbs impact, but does not bounce back), 750 square feet of 1/2 inch puzzle mats for under the scaffolding and higher cat grab areas, and 800 square feet of 3/8 inch rubberized flooring. The rest will be concrete. The point was to make this as realistic as possible while still being relatively safe. I don't want gymnastics type flooring because they don't feel like outside...but we couldn't leave everything concrete in case someone does accidentally fall and hit their head or something. Our floors will not kill you, but they sure won't feel good if you fall.