East tennessee school of taekwondo/karate
i have long been a lurker on this site, and just now felt the need to post something. I figured I'd give a little rundown of my school based on the rating scale thingy. So lets go!
We spar regularly, only light headgear and gloves, full contact, takedowns, groundfighting, all in all its good stuff.
We have plenty of striking targets, heavy bags, wavemaster bags, muay thai sheilds etc. its not amazing but decent
Gym size: 4-5
We have a fairly small school, which will probably need an upgrade soon as we are becoming more and more popular.
instructor/student ratio: 6-7
We have a good amount of assistant instructors, and my master (Member of the world martial arts hall of fame, world karate union grandmaster of the year, 9th degree kempo black belt, 5th degree taekwondo) will walk around and assist the small groups in turn.
I love my school. you can walk in your first day and feel right at home, everyone is nice, my instructor is great...I couldn't ask for more.
Stiking instruction: 6
We obviously learn kicks and punches, but we also do many drills with stiking targets quite often.
Grappling instruction: 5- 6
As far as required instructions goes...the grappling is very limited. Escapes from mount, passing the guard, armbars etc... the reason I feel my school deserves a 6 is that we also have a royce gracie brazilian jiu jistu school paired with ours, and we get twice a year seminars from Royce Gracie and his cousin Rodrigo, which is awesome.
Weapons instruction: 1
We fail at this. We have a wide variety of weapons but all you learn is a kata. ONE kata. singular. So yeah thats pretty lame... but oh well.
Overall average: 6-7
I personally LOVE my school, but there are obviously areas that need improvement. We have classes four times a week and I'm an assistant instructor at the little kids classes. We don't do board breaking much, just after every test. We spar regularly, sometimes up to 2 times a week, usually about 2-4 times a month. We can start learning weapons kata at green belt but they aren't required until black... We learn traditional korean taekwondo forms, but my insturctor doesn't put as much emphasis on technique in forms as I would like. Speaking of, my instructor is awesome, hes been in the martial arts for over 40 years. He has very bad arthritis in his joints so he cannot kick very high any more, but his reflexes are ridiculously fast, his kicks and punches have more power than you would believe, and hes still amazingly strong. As I stated above, he has a 9th degree black belt in kempo karate, a 5th degree in taekwondo, and has trained in many other martial arts. I have the utmost respect for this man, as he has stuck with martial arts after many health complications that almost caused him to lose his legs. he has amazing dedication to martial arts, his students, and the community.
I personally just recieved my brown belt, and have about a year and a half to go till black. my school, bullshido? I dont think so.