It is that thinking among those in the fight gaem that holds us back - there are a few flaws in your case,
1.colorado isnt a big city - colorado as a state has a very LARGE rich poplulation. If iwas just charging that to do MA then that would be one thing. But i am trainng non-athletic people like an athlete. I am not trying to make money off of fighters - that is not going to happen - i am making money off of those who want ot train like a fighter, hange around with fighters, etc.... So my training is moy fitness/sport specific - look at this site and you will see what i am talking about http://www.results-fitness.com/.
2. Being a MT WC doesnt mean that much when you concider there are a great deal of org's and WC's in those org's - PLUS there are tons out there not charging that money - For the general pop being a Champion is all about how you market it? That is what we as fighter don't get. Alot of people on this site have very little respect for Karate or TKD as a Fighting Art, But look at Billy Blanks, Chuck Norris, Krav Maga, etc... It is about marketing and telling the people what you want them to know and then giving them more of what they expect.
3. there are bigger names then your in colorado not charging that money - Nate Marquart and his team (of which he has a MT WC teaching) for one? This is true, i have trained at Nate's place and he is a very good at what he does and he as a person overall is great. His location and his focus is totally different then mine, he is in tucked away in a shopping mall where the median incom for a five mile radius is around55-75k. I am tucked away in a shopping mall where the median income in a 5 mile radius is 114k with 236k people in that 5 mile radius. 1/4 mile from my gym are million dollar plus homes. Again if i was just focusong on teaching MA that would be one thing, but i am afitness Coach" teaching elite athelets and corp exec's
4. Colorado BJJ has a VERY GOOD MT coach those schools charge between 100-150 p/month. and that is a beautiful thing - again not my focus.
Technically the gym is not open yet and i have 10 clients already - at 250 a month with 1 group pt session a week and classes the rest. It is asmaller locale and more private int its whole. I don't have a large overhead and i am not going to spend 20k in equipment. For functional training you need dumbells, med balls, balance boards, etc...,for excitement you "build" a ring, add heavy bags, and create a "visual" effect.
Do you see the difference between what i am doing and a typical fitness or MA gym?