Okay so I've read the stickie so here goes.
A lot of you guys seem to dislike JKD, but I'm putting this in the self defence section, because Tommy seems dedicated to that, rather than just repeating stuff from the Tao of JKD.
Sparring 8-9: Usually sparring is headguards and either boxing or MMA style gloves depending on what we're doing and always groin guards. But sometimes we go bare handed and bare headed with less force just so we don't become accustomed to feeling the gloves as we're punching (as it's not intended for sport).
Equipment 4-5: Tommy sells his own equipment so he encourages you to buy his, but he doesn't mind what you bring. If you're short on equipment you can borrow some for limited use. And the borrowed equipment is VERY worn. There's also a full weights set and equipment for increasing striking power and accuracy but it's seldom used in class time. You can come for some extra-curricular training, but you can get that kind of equipment at a normal gym.
Gym size 5-6: A big basement, but in a commercial building. Small, functional.
Instructor/Student Ratio 8: Only two classes with few people, Tommy pays most attention to the newer students, usually walking between his advanced and newer students. But about 85% of the time spent on the newer students.
Atmosphere/Attitude 8: Open, supportive, tough but very challenging. No one goes easy on you but there's no egotistical guys.
Striking ? (7-8): I dunno how to classify this one. I mean, Tommy used to be an amateur boxer and apparently got a lot of offers to go pro. But he used boxing then, and not JKD striking. And there's no real pressure testing for JKD striking since it's not tournament MA. We get taught striking from all ranges. But no proven success apart from a couple of guys saying that JKD saved them in street fights. But no tournament pressure testing. So I'd guess 7 or 8 because it covers all ranges and we spar it hard a lot.
Grappling ? (7): We do groundwork, but it's basically, someone puts you in something, and you bite, kick, strike or pinch your way out. I know you guys have something against all that and think actual grappling arts are the only way to deal with grappling but I think it seems effective. I'm not planning on fighting any BJJ guys so hopefully if I get jumped, they won't know any grappling. So I'm going with 7 for practical application.
Weapons n/a: We haven't done any weapons stuff... I mean, I think there's some knife and gun defence that Tommy teaches but I haven't got to that stuff yet.
Good school, good training. A lot of emphasis put on just repeating defensive techniques so you'll be able to do them in the moment if you have to. Could be improved with more equipment like a hanging bag
EDIT: On Sparring I should add that there are a lot of padwork. I dunno if that counts as compliant drilling, but we do a lot of padwork where the guy will hold the pad at head height and you'll have to execute a certain technique. The first drill for example is punching the head-pad, repeatedly, and then the pad-holder having the option to through a punch at you (we started slow at first, but it's encouraged to pick up speed until it was as fast as possible) and then you had to react by dodging and kicking the groin or knee at the same time.
I think this would fall under compliant because you know that the guy is either gunna throw a left cross or a right hook for the first few drills. But usually by the end of class we're doing some sparring to learn how to use that technique against a resisting attacker.
EDIT 2: On instructor ratio, one of the advanced students takes the class if Tommy is away for any reason.