I also was a victim of these con artists for about 3 months. Started "training" there along with my younger brother back in 1978 at the Napa location. At the time it was the only Karate school in town and I didn't know any better. The school had 1 big main mat and about 3 or 4 smaller private rooms with sliding doors on them. We took mostly private lessons inside the smaller room with a group class on the main mat once or twice a week. The group classes were a total joke, they lasted about a half hour and were not very strenuous at all. I never ever broke a sweat training at this place.
The garbage they taught was very much like what nikyu explained. Emphasizing a ridiculous horse stance for just about every move they taught. After about 3 months of "training" we entered a tournament they held with only the 3 or 4 other West Wind schools involved. My brother and I both did pretty well in the beginner's kata competition and the next week we were both asked to become instructors at the Napa school. Another beginner student that took 3rd place at the tournament suddeny shows up wearing a red belt and is instructing our class !!!!!
My brother and I were both wondering what the hell was going on. Instructors with 3 months worth of experience ? WTF ! We trained there for another few weeks before we realized that we were being taken for a ride and quit . I can't remember exactly what their fees were, but I recall it being outrageous compared to the fees at other legit schools that we trained at. The owner of the franchise was a guy named Ron Lee and there were numerous WW schools in the SF bay area with Berkeley being the headquarters of this martial travesty. I don't know if Lee still runs these cesspools or not. The Napa school surprisingly stayed in business for over 20 years before closing their doors a few years ago.
I can now say after training for many years with legitimate martial artists that everything West Wind taught was complete trash that would never work in a real situation and their training methods were a complete joke. I don't see how you could ever get in good physical condition training at a place like WW. Ron Lee and West Wind have managed to steal money from peple and deceive them for around 30 years now. They are good at conning gullible people that know nothing about real martial arts training and don't know any better. How they've lasted this long is beyond me.