So I started taking Karate (not exactly sure what style) as a PE requirement in college. It's held at JCCC and I attend classes from 7-8PM. Classes are taught by Roy G. Porter who told us he has an excess of 30 years of martial arts experience. Holds a black belt in several styles... not sure which ones but he told us he's done: Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and I think kick boxing (along with several others I can't recall).
Anyway... so these past few days we've been doing some kicks and self defense situations. After a few classes we've worked on elbows, kicking, and training with a partner that generally shows no resistance. We've also learned a "street", "cat", and "horse" stance. I'm sure you're all familiar with these things so I won't write anything else on them for now.
As for the class... it's about medium sized. Pads in a corner, a number of mirrors taking up a wall, an area to put our shoes, water, etc, some bos (long sticks), some weighted sticks, and a stereo system. The floor is nice and smooth, not many cracks and it's clean. The place is overall pretty clean.
The teacher... short fellow with a big chest and thick arms. He looks like he can hit hard, but he's so far taken it easy on us when we're holding the pads. He's maybe 35 - 42 right now and has calloused hands from breaking wooden blocks and doing knuckle pushups. He's a very nice guy, but he seems to have some misconceptions about things like breaking someone's foot with a stomp, and taking their eyes out with an eye gouge. He has the "Judged by twelve..." attitude but he doesn't take it far. Just common sense things like watch out, don't act stupid, go for help whenever you can, etc.
The students... I'm the only male student in the class. There are other males that come to class but they're a part of the higher classes so I'm the only official male :D. The two kind I've seen are "I used to do this all the time. I'm pissed off that he doesn't accept my belt in here but my other school does." The other kind is "heh, I want to talk with my friends while I do this stuff." I'm the most flexible student in the class which is sad.
Back to what we we're being taught. He made us stand in a horse stance and lift our elbow up telling us to aim for the head (nose and jaw areas). He taught us how to get out a choke (someone grabbing your neck and pushing you back) but I question it's effectiveness. He places emphasis on getting the technique down correctly. I heard that he'll sometimes make the students do one or two kicks at least 1,000 in a single class to make sure they get it right. We don't have much time in class though so we sometimes move quickly (even though we're usually behind schedule).
I think that's about it... is there anything I'm missing (aside from sense)?
Edit: I forgot to mention that focusing on technique so much led me to realize that I can only kick at full speed. If I go slowly I lose my balance so I'm now working towards fixing that.