comparing different Knockdown Karate Dojos in NYC?
A while back I read online about a Seido Kaikan Dojo by Queens, NY, and wanted to jump on the opportunity to train with the organization Masaaki Satake trained at and if which, Andy Hug trained others (he was originally from Kyokushin). However, I soon found out that I was a few years late as the President of Seido Kaikan USA resigned and retired from the martial arts.
So I began looking into other similar gyms in the 5 boroughs. I do not have a car, nor do I want to take PATH, Metro North, or LIRR whenever I train so thus I narrowed it down to three dojos in Manhattan. They are Shin Kyokushin Kaikan WKO's Sato Dojo, the independent Iwata Dojo, and Kenwakan's SFMAI location run by a former Seido Kaikan competitor. Has anyone trained or know people who trained under Sensei Tetsuya Sato, Sensei Hiro Iwata, and Sensei Michelle Gay? If so, what is an average class like in the three schools? Which of the three place the most emphasis on sparring?
I will go to try a class for each but I don't know how much I would gage from just a short span (though Iwata and WKO use the same space. I know Sensei Iwata and Sato are friends but it might look awkward if someone chose one over the other).