Hargrave Martial Arts Systems
I originally signed up for this school in a joking manner after seeing a thread on Bullshido about the lead instructor. Then one day at work my email lights up with an acceptance letter. Not willing to miss the chance of a life time to train with a world renowned master, I quickly took the plunge.
My class was on Thursday evenings once a week. The school has no contracts but is very expensive for the little amount of mat time you receive. Tuition starts out at 65 a month for one class a week. You also pay a 30 fee to join their world JKD association, along with another 30 for a training shirt that you must wear. In order to progress it was another 40$ for a three ring binder manual.
The closest we came to any type of contact was some VERY compliant partner drills. It was the normal you punch, I block, I proceed to kill you in seven different ways. We did hit a mitt a couple of times, but that was it.
Equipment was pretty decent for the class size. I think their biggest mark would be for using too much equipment for falls and such.
There is almost no room at all to work out in. Its in a small glass outdoor room that is probably 15 by 40 feet. After you add in the room that their mats take up, it feels like your almost touching each other while you practice.
You do get plenty of help and attention with the class being so small. The reason for the 5 is more so due to the lack of experience and training of the assistant instructors.
Everyone was generally friendly and pleasant enough to talk too. The only issue that I really had was when I questioned one of the techniques. After pointing out that a specific lock wouldn't work, they proceeded to insinuate that I just didn't know what I was talking about.
Most of the striking was just us punching in the air. We did one night with some pads, but it was just some scenario punch once and the guy is destroyed stuff.
The grappling was not good at all. Their was zero resistance at all in the techniques, even with the upper ranks. All the take downs were done with a six inch throw mat literally touching the back of both feet. This isn't even pointing out the sad bit of grappling we were shown on the ground.
We only did a few things with weapons, but it is nothing that I could ever see being applicable to any type of real confrontation.
In closing, if your looking for a place where everyone fears having to do a pushup, doesn't want to actually fight but pretend like they can, and pay a crazy ass amount of money for 4 hours of not very good training a month, then this is the place for you. Otherwise run away as fast as you can.