Alan Lee's Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association
Below is an honest rating of Alan Lee's Chinese Kung-Fu, Wu-Su Association in New York City. The ratings are based on this site's criteria with brief explanations of why I assigned each number. In full disclosure I am an instuctor there and have been studying at this school for approximately 9 years. Please come observe a class if you are interested/curious, there is absolutely no commitment.
Aliveness: 8: Hard contact with reasonable safety gear and/or limited to one range of fighting (standup/grappling)
-We fight hard contact on a regular basis with a groin cup as the only safety gear. There is ground fighting and grappling, head strikes are done with light contact
Equipment: 5: Basic relevant essentials, may be heavily used
-We train with minimal equipment, most is traditional in nature (weapons, hand and body conditioning tools, etc.) although we do have some weight and training gear
Gym Size: 8: Plenty of room to roll/spar without tripping over people
-Approximatley 2,500 square feet that is owned and exclusively used by our school
Instructor/Student ratio: 8: Smaller classes, instructor or highly qualified (master level) assistant instructors in small groups
-A Master level (25+ years) instructor oversees every class, under which there are 5-10 degree holders (5-20 years each) that teach the class in groups based on experience level
-Not sure about the rating system here. Our school is self-professed "military style" in that a high level of discipline is expected and enforced, the attitude in training is serious and focused although there is a congenial atmosphere off the floor and in the school in general including "community events" such as an annual banquet, training in the park, etc.
Striking Instruction: 6: Comprehensive striking (all ranges) or superior single range striking with success in local/regional competition or practical application
-Difficult to rate in these categories as our school does not actively promote itself in tournaments (individuals may enter) but striking is central to our instruction and students/instructors have used it effectivley in real life situations (including myself)
Grappling Instruction: 5: Limited single sub-range (standing, clinch, ground only).
-Again we do not compete. We teach traditional Chin-Na-Fa, throwing and ground fighting to all students although it is not emphasized nearly as much as striking techniques
Weapons: 5: Light continuous alive sparring (negligible pain/risk).
-We teach a wide variety of traditional weapons as well as how to improvise modern and everyday items. Fighting with weapons is controlled.
In addition to the above categories it is important to note that we also provide instruction in breathing, meditation and internal development exercies.