I'm curious if anyone has ever had to sign a contract in order to learn any other art. It would seem silly if I wanted to join an oil painting class that they would ask for a 3 year minimum comittment, credit check and an up front loan.
I've heard people say, 'you get what you pay for'. that doesn't seem to hold true in martial arts, does it....unless of course they are talking about the debt.
I'm also curious how things turned out for your friend.