Life stories but no Answers Gray Martin Kung Fu
I like the few others that have posted also trained with Gary. I can pretty much agree with everything that fuzzybear posted, so i wont repeat it.
I trained from 2000 to 2004 and then had time off before going back in 2006 until late last year where i decide to call it a day. The reason i stopped is because of the classes starting at 8pm and the 3 nights per week no excuses training regime.
I notice allot of criticism towards the school. All i can say is you should take the time to go check it out and only make your judgments then. Gary trains his students extremely hard and expects nothing less than 110% from every training session.
The arts he teaches although are traditional have been modified to suit real life situations. The school steers away from any type of ring fighting applications and point scoring strikes as these are not going to do you any good on the street. Gary is also a big believer of keeping the art sacred and shrouded in secrecy; hence the closed door policy for some classes and advanced classes etc
During my time training, there were some occasions when students from other schools would take part in a training session with the school. On all occasions the students were spent after the 30 min conditioning before the class even started.
I must say that a big disappointment in training with the school is that allot of the forms and more traditional aspects of the arts are not taught until well into a students training career. (4 years +) I believe this is because Gary is not willing to share the true art for those who are not prepared to 'Live' the art and make it a way of life. Unfortunately for most of us with families and careers it is not entirely possible.
The big advantages of the school and the thing i enjoyed most was the 'internal' classes conducted every second friday after class. In these class i learnt, meditation, self hypnosis, herbs, accupressure, massage, chi development, traditional forms, jings, chin na and the list goes on.
I also cannot validate the lineage for Gary, and i guess it was always taken for granted.
I want to finish off with saying that i have been looking for a school recently with more flexible training conditions and have visited many schools in the sydney area and not one single school has come even close to the intensity of training that i experienced whilst at Garys school.
If anyone knows and can recommend a school in the city or close by please let me know.
Go check out Garys classes and see for yourself.