Chinese Kickboxing and Submission Fighting Club, Boston
here's a vid I put together of the school.
set to Mighty Mystic's "Can't pull me Down". (not all of that is taught in class, these are just some things from the site...some of it goofing around a bit) Check Chinesekickboxing.com for an actual schedule and class description.
Directors: Paul "Lefty" Rosado, Eric Grossman.
They don't currently have weapons classes, but have in the past. The classes change over time, to fit the students, guest instructors/ and everyone's schedule.
The San Da is a constant, and the class I attend (but not for a little while sadly, st st studio!). I'm not there enough to be a good example of what they can produce...but the instruction is phenominal, and the Level 2 students are all badasses. We aren't taught combos/strikes that don't work in sparring, or heavier contact. The san da instruction is based on competition effectiveness...with power, form, and balance. I don't have to really pick and choose between concepts and applications as much as learn how to string them together and close/widen the gap at will to deliver them. No bullshido at this school...it's not the place for the half hearted.
The Saturday sparring class is good, usually there are four or five people my weight to spar with....the contact varies from light (with a big weight/experience difference) to pretty damn hard (80% pressure perhaps?). Occasionally when the weight and skills are appropriately matched, it'll get up to full contact...but that's often a little counterproductive...and injury ridden..so we mostly are at 50-80% pressure..(that is hard..it means real hard shots..but the follow up spacially, and crowding is kept down a bit)
I've been exposed to much in the way of martial arts instructional footage/competition footage/live tips/training, I've seen thousands of fights and clips of martial arts in general...and have yet to see their better.
They don't have tons of space, or a ring...which is a shame...but the school, in it's present location, is relatively new...and there are plans to expand at some point.
Classes are in the evening, exept for the open sparring class (Saturdays 11:30am-1pm)
To sum up...the instruction available here could only be better if they had more space and a ring. This is a school to learn to fight in....there are recreational students (*raises spindly arm*) but the training is geared toward preparing for combat...not self esteem, honor, etc...that's a must to even be there...no bad attitudes accepted, and an ill temperment, from any student is a fast way to be told to sit out, or go home...they are VERY interested in maintaining the right attitude, schoolwide.
The Kids class is superb...and they don't get to larp either...there's a level one and two..and in level 2 they spar already...with control..but doing the damn thing. One of the kids, already has mma match victories and a he's a youngun for real.
Competing students get the extra deal...personal training/instruction from Lefty and Eric and the other coaches...extra sparring, dietary counciling, and horribly gruelling workouts in the weeks or months leading up to the fight.
They don't force crazy weight losses on anyone, and are strong proponents of fighting at your appropriate weight..for health reasons. You cannot compete for the school if you aren't ready to train for it....no halfhearted stuff is allowed to go down....students have been pulled from matches they had coming up, in the past, becuase they weren't giving it their all to get ready in the leadup.
It's very much quality over quantity for these guys, and that's great....