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    Redmond Kung Fu Club

    Instructor and Applications:

    Sifu Robert Daniels began training under Kwong Wing Lam in 1975, and has currently been practicing for over 30 years and has instructed students for over 27 years. (Sigung Kwong Wing Lam has a lineage which can be viewed here: http://wle.com/school/sifu-lam-lineage.gif.) Sifu Robert Daniels is currently the only instructor at the Redmond Kung Fu Club, which he owns and operates.

    When learning a set, every student receives one-on-one instruction with Sifu Daniels, unless they have independently chosen to learn with a partner. (You'd have to ask for this; he's not going to try and pressure you into it.) When learning a set, students are shown various applications to each technique, and how to modify it for various situations. (No, not showing how to use standup techniques on the ground.)

    Sifu will always help students with questions.

    Styles:

    The Redmond Kung Fu Club teaches three independent styles with completely independent systems, not a "mixed" style. The styles are Northern Shaolin (Bak Sil Lum) Southern Shaolin (Hung Gar) and Sun Style Tai Chi.

    Sparring and Drills:

    Sparring at the Redmond Kung Fu Club is unrestricted and is usually medium contact, depending on what the sparring participants agree upon. When sparring, students are allowed to use applications/techniques learned from other martial arts. Sifu doesn't mind cross-training. Usually there are set days for practicing drills.

    Sifu will often spend class time teaching drills from Tai Chi, Hung Gar, Shaolin or Bagua, which he also learned from Sigung Lam.


    Ranking System:
    Traditional Kung Fu styles have never used belts, as they serve no other purpose than to glorify the ego and hold up your pants. Hung Gar and Shaolin are divided into levels having levels 1-4 and bonus material. Each level must be tested before progression to the next level, but there are no level testing fees. Sifu has charged for testing in the past, but at a price which stayed constant at each level and allowed for re-testing without having to pay again.

    Gym and Equipment:

    The Redmond Kung Fu Club has moved into the Redmond Athletic Center, and the exercise area available is small but equipped. Sifu brings the weapons used in training with him to the RAC for every class, and the room is always equipped with punching bags, weights, exercise balls, isometric training equipment, mats, etc.

    Sifu Daniels does not have any equipment embargos, but he does prefer if students wear the Wing Lam school shirts.

    Payment:

    The Redmond Kung Fu Club offers a pay-as-you-go monthly tuition and doesn'tdo contracts. Students can pay for more than one month up-front to receive a discount on the total payment. Newcomers can watch as many classes as they want to decide if they want to join the school.

    Sifu Daniels counts only the days in which you learn a new lesson under tuition, so you can come and train at the school in what you already know, to spar, or to drill applications for free any class time. Sifu allows you to make up missed classes as long as it is within the month that the lessons were paid for.

    Personal Comments:

    I have been a student of Sifu Daniels for a few years, so I suppose Iím biased.
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    Grappling instruction a 10 huh?

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    This sounds more like an advertisement than a review, but the school seems solid.

    Maybe some more objective scores are in order, though. A 10 for grappling, striking, and weapons is unlikely at best. Does your school put out successful fighters? Do your school's students win weapons forms competitions all the time?

    If not, it's not a 10 for any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwoww
    This sounds more like an advertisement than a review, but the school seems solid.

    Maybe some more objective scores are in order, though. A 10 for grappling, striking, and weapons is unlikely at best. Does your school put out successful fighters? Do your school's students win weapons forms competitions all the time?

    If not, it's not a 10 for any of them.
    Yes to both. And man, you go see the school, review it, and put your scores up. The scoring is supposed to be subjective, amirite? I'm a proponent of brutal critique, and think that's what every place needs.

    You're right, I made a newbie mistake and didn't read the ratings guide. Ratings updated.


    EDIT: it posted my comment several times through some kind of glitch. Apologies.
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    WTF! bj penn = 10 grappling! Hun gar =2 at best! does bullshido do random drug testing before dojo reviews?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodedmonk
    WTF! bj penn = 10 grappling! Hun gar =2 at best! does bullshido do random drug testing before dojo reviews?
    Agreed and fixed,

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    Such high ratings for striking instruction and weapons work. What events does the school compete in to back this up? Sanshou? Sanda? Lei Tai? Dog brothers gatherings? How can you rate so highly something which is untested?:cussing:

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