My school on this scale:
Aliveness "6-7" Safety gear and medium contact in sparring
Gym size "8"
Instructor/Student Ratio "8-10" Master always teaches class, Grandmaster often on the foor with us
Atmosphere"9" Like a brother/sisterhood; no drama allowed. You have to gel with the pack. Straight and honest feedback, tough love as well.
Striking instruction "7" many strikes from many angles ranges and limitations like against walls and in corners
Ground Instruction "6-7"
Weapons"4" a use a range of weapons but type of contact depends on skill level. We have a separate belt for the sword art that is earned alongside the open handed way.