Gym Size: 4
Striking Instruction: 6
Grappling Instruction: 7
Weapons Instruction: 1
I did my utmost to rate everything as fairly as possible, but being that it's "my" club some bias is unavoidable. Even so, I'll soldier on.
Aliveness (5-6): This one was hard to pick, because it usually varies greatly. The way it typically works is this; the specific techniques are trained in a compliant fashion, but at several points we may do an alive exercise that isn't tied to a particular technique.
For instance, in one exercise, we're divided into pairs (unsurprisingly enough) and placed along one edge of the mat, then the instructor says something like "Alright, so person A in the pair is going to walk straight towards the other side of the mat, and do his damndest to keep moving in that direction. Person B will do everything in his/her power to control A and force him back to his starting position." It's tricky, it's exhausting and I think it gives an idea of what pulling techniques off would be like on a resisting opponent. What you learn is that it is *really* damn hard to stop a determined person, even when in pairs of three and two people are trying to hold the other guy in place it's a struggle.
A lot of drills we do work this way, and are not weighed down by being restrictive as to what technique is allowed, as long as it works, right? Similar examples of drills we do include guard-passing business on the ground (along with more traditional Ne Waza/Rolling/Whatever you fancy to call it), more Judo-style randori and full-contact sparring has also begun to be brought into the regimen more often lately. When summarized like this the aliveness seems rather high, but it was mostly the fact that the more complex techniques are practiced compliantly that compelled me to rate it middle-of-the-road.
Equipment (6): Really, the most equipment we tend to use is the mat, one Gi per person and each-other. There is occasional use of focus mitts for striking drills (all of which are in perfectly fine condition and are provided by the club). The sparring mentioned above is not mandatory to partake in, and as such interested parties are expected to purchase the essential equipment (mouthguard, cup, gloves and shin pads) themselves.
Gym Size (4): "Basement" may not be a perfectly applicable term, but it isn't far off. Basically, a local school has a huge sport hall in which a small dojo is located (there is a larger room right next to it where the club used to practice, but as the club shrunk in size for various reasons the need for it faded). We are a fairly small club at present (20-ish members total, on an average session there'll be about 10-12 people on the mat + one or two instructors), so the size of the training locales is rarely an issue, though it does teach you situational awareness since carelessness can result in you throwing your Uke into someone's face.
Atmosphere/Attitude (8): This is the place where the club really shines. When I first started, I didn't know anyone in the club, had never practiced martial arts before, and had no clue what to expect. I was nervous as crap. Within a few minutes of getting there, as we waited for the younger class to finish their lesson, a girl approximately my own age, sporting a orange-belted Gi, came up and asked if I was new (which was probably kinda easy to tell as I was sporting track pants and a T-shirt). At that point, everyone standing around introduced themselves, asked if I'd done martial arts before, and it just went from there. Welcomed at first sight.
The club aims itself at a broad range of characters, regardless of whether you are shooting for a black belt in 4 years or just wanna get some exercise and meet people, the training is open to everyone. The instructors don't have a trace of the arrogant narcissism I feel can easily come up in these situations; we don't call him Sensei, or holy grandmaster of supreme skill and knowledge, we call him Jonas. 'Cause that's his name. Everyone does their best to make everyone feel welcome, and the friendly atmosphere can sometimes extend to the comical (I was rolling with a guy as we were having a friendly chat about what we were doing the coming weekend), but regardless there is little else you could ask as far as atmosphere goes, in my mind.
Striking Instruction (6): It's solid, but not elaborated upon often. We do pad work every now and then, and as I stated previously sparring is being added as a more commonly recurring event (one instructor in particular is pushing for it to be at the very least bi-monthly). Our typical "striking", however, comes in the form of very basic distraction techniques meant to simplify the execution of another technique (eg. you try to break Uke's choke, he's a little too strong / you're a little too unskilled, you kick him in the shin and break the grip while he's worrying about his leg, etc).
Grappling Instruction (7): The real meat and potatoes of the system, JJK teaches grappling at all ranges, though perhaps prioritizing joint locks and the like over throws. Ne Waza isn't really a focal point of the system either, but it is definitely a noteworthy aspect (every belt from yellow to 1st Dan has at least one defense from your back in its curriculum). The instructors are perfectly capable of teaching both the basic and more advanced aspects of the techniques and are excellent at providing assistance if a technique isn't working for you.
Weapons Instruction (1): I rated this a one for the simple fact that weapon usage really isn't included in the system, unless you count defensive drills against weapons.
Average score: 6
So there you have it, my little review of Tyreso Ju-Jutsu (or TJJK, as the cool kids call it). Being that there doesn't seem to be a large amount of Swedes around here, I figure this might not be overly useful to anyone, but hopefully it'll be interesting to see how things work up in the mysterious north. If anyone *is* in the region as is interested in the style, this club has my whole-hearted recommendation. If I omitted anything in my review, or just completely misunderstood anything in regards to the review process, please let me know so I can redeem my honor and commit Hara-Kiri.