Shaolin Kung Fu Nam Pai Chuan, Sussex UK
NOTE: I've edited this review in the light of discovering that some NPC practicians have competed in San Shou competition in UK and NZ, and done well.
Disclaimer: I left this school about 8 years ago, after just over a year, and a couple of belts.
A large proportion of the class is taken up with warmup, stretching and conditioning.
There is a lot of form work, and you need these to grade. The forms are mostly low stance affairs, with big sweep-like footwork and lunge punches. There are some weapons forms for the higher grades.
Technique work: One-step drills, involving standing armlocks and the like, a few throws.
Lots of kicks are practiced, this could be the influence from TKD. A lot of kicks are unrealistic, lwith spinning/jumping movements, but fun to practice as a gymnastic activity.
Sparring: Standup only, with chest pads and shin pads. Light to medium contact. No head punches.
Instructor: A guy called Matt Gross. Demonstrates techniques competently, and does, to his credit, spar with the students.
Pros: The higher belts spar hard, and they have apparently done very well in San Shou comps. But this is not a regular thing, as the masters aren't keen on competition.
Classes are cheap.
Cons: Mostly point-sparring for the lower to med belts, and too much form work in my opinion. Some questionable techniques are taught, but this is normal for a TMA class I guess. Class sizes are high, so personal instruction is minimal.