Jeet Kune Do Institute, Orlando
All classes are taught by Sifu/Guro Tim Motter. According to the website, Sifu Motter is a senior instructor under Sifu/Guro Richard Bustillo, Sifu Motter is the highest ranking JKD instructor in Central Florida. Their website also lists a guy by the name of Sifu Brian Catanzaro as an associate instructor but I have never seen that guy at the gym.
7 Aliveness: The striking drills are all done on Thai pads and are delivered full strength. They donít just do repetitive strikes in the air at an imaginary target. However, the times I have been there, we did not do any actual sparring just pad work. We did some light contact drills but not sparring.
The grappling portion of class is full on and you are trying to beat your classmate/opponent. It is not compliant drills. Every class we would learn a new technique or review something we already knew then we take turns matching up against a classmate. You can go as many times as you want and against as many different people that are willing to grapple against you.
With the Escrima, you get paired up with someone when going through the various drills. You go as hard and fast as you feel comfortable with without losing control of your baston/stick and breaking your training partnerís knuckles. A few bumps and bruises are expected but I never witnessed anything serious.
5 Equipment: Nothing fancy here. Basic floor mats, Thai Pads, a couple heavy bags and Escrima sticks all show signs of heavy use.
6 Gym size: Training is in a warehouse that has been converted to a training space. There is adequate room but itís not huge.
7 Instructor/student ratios: The small class sizes help to get the instructor around to every student. A typical class is less than 10 students.
8 Atmosphere/Attitude: I liked everyone I met at class. No one was a douche, everyone was approachable and very friendly. The senior students were always helpful.
6 Striking instruction: It was adequate nothing overly intense. The average student is able to keep up and not fall behind. We covered kicks, punches, knees, and elbows. It was not as good as what youíd get at a Muay Thai or boxing gym but it was good enough for the average person.
7 Grappling instruction: The grappling was good. A few guys competed in local competition with some success. This seemed to be everybodyís favorite part of class. I was able to pick up a few techniques and apply them in full contact sparring with the other students.
4 Weapons: Iíd like to give this a higher score but it seemed, in my observations, that the instructor tended to ignore this portion of class and focused more on the guys that were grappling. He would show us which drill to work on and then we were kind of on our own after that. With his credentials, I would have expected him to focus more effort than he did. One of the reasons I left was because I didnít feel like I was getting enough attention during this portion of class. It was the Escrima training that originally drew me into this school.
Overall this is a decent and inexpensive place to train. I would recomend it over any of the local karate schools.