Kobukai Ju-Jitsu located in East Hartford, CT (there are locations in CT) is Ju-Jitsu in the purest sense. It is a traditional school that has adapted to the modern would - keeping it's beliefs in the system and ideology intact, but embracing the flow of time and change. What they offer is Ju-Jutsu as it was intended - a practical answer to self-defense. The best way to describe what they teach is to call it a mix of Judo, BJJ, Aiki-Jutsu and what most would call Traditional Ju-Jutsu (TJJ), but in reality, Ju-Jutsu is all these arts, or rather those arts were born from TJJ.
It's what you'd expect from a good Ju-Jitsu school; a lot of randori and ne waza. We train at full intensity when sparring and the instructor encourages striking at the discretion of those participating.
Dojo Size: 7
Great dojo size in general, but we also have a lot of members that attend regularly. Still, plenty of room with very little worry about about tripping or having someone thrown on top of you.
Instructor/Student Ratio: 9
Classes are 3 days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. During the Tuesday/Thursday classes, we normally have about 15-20+ students training. It's a large class. Luckily, we have usually about 3 black belt instructors available, that's including the main instructor.
Everyone is friendly.
Striking Instruction: 5
This one was difficult for me to grade considering Ju-jitsu is primarily a self-defense/grappling art; however, striking is apart of our curriculum. We don't train punches in kicks frequently as you would in a striking art, but they are incorporated in our atemi waza and we frequently practice the appropriate defenses.
Grappling Instruction: 10
Our school has 5 progressions: white, yellow, blue, brown and black. Each progression includes many techniques that are categorical by type. They are Hazushi (escapes/evasion), Aikijutsu, Newaza (ground technique) Nage Waza (throwing technique), Atemi Waza (striking techniques used to set up Nage Waza), Weapon Defense, and Ju-Jutsu (throws done in reaction to strikes, hugs, etc.)
Once again, this is self-defense school. We don't train in how to use weapons, but we train in how to defend ourselves against a live attacker. We use rubber and wooden equipment: guns, knives, and clubs.
Rating Based On Avg: 7.71
No martial art is complete and perfect. Full contact sparring using punches, kicks, and elbows, and weapon attacks is not Ju-Jutsu. Ju-Jutsu is the science of yielding; it's self-defense.
Personal Rating: 10