I'll admit right now, I'm new to martial arts; don't expect an expert's opinion here. However, I attend at Sensei Hurtseller's dojo, and I can tell you that there is a portion of each class dedicated to kung-fu (as a cardio/self-defense exercize) and a portion dedicated to BJJ (as a self-defense exercize). Sparring does occurr. In each class, the students are paired off we do light sparring with blastmasters and such. There are more advanced classes with more advanced sparring, if you're into that. And I can tell you from personal experience that people do get hurt. Breaking a rib is not uncommon.
After spending weeks trying to determine whether or not bullshido is in play, I must admit, he doesn't seem to deserve it. He's motivational, draws a lot on soft styles and meditation to develope the mind, and puts that right in front of you at the start. He also teaches Yuchia Kung Fu, after Sifu Robert Brown, which, in a nutshell, is an many respects similar to Jeet Kun Do in that it takes what works and gets rid of the rest.
He's not into tradition to the point where he lets it mean more than functionality. The point is to "practice exactly the way you would perform", rather than kata yourself into a butt whoopin in a dark parking lot somewhere. So don't expect a lot of stances and superfluous animal form junk. Even so, I wish we would have more of that because it makes it more like the Kung Fu I remember on Kung Fu Hustle - and who doesn't secretly want to learn the Lion's Roar?
Prices are a bit high (it is his only source of income - but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's a McDojo or nothin'). But you can attend less to pay less if price is a sticking point. Or go somewhere else, I suppose. But that's capitalism.
I'd say it's a good place. I'm happy with it, I'm progressing, I feel like the senior students are much better than I am, the people there aren't jackasses, the kids' classes are separate from the adults' classes, and there are no teenage blackbelts. I could live without the "mindfullness" stuff, or Zen, or whatever it is. But that's Kung Fu.
And this is something that makes me laugh every time I think of it!Quote:
the sensei's name is Hurtseller... come on.. they HAVE to be tough. The guy's ancestors sold hurt for jebus' sake, that's a hell of a heritage.