Hey guys, as you may know im on a quest to find my place in the martial world. I have traveled and tried many arts over the last 2 years. Some schools were not a good fit others were good but closed soon after joining.... I had considered and was planing on joining a JKD/Kali school however the cost of the drive was way to high. It would have cost me more then the cost of the schools tuition in gas to train there. So it, for now is off the list. So on a whim i tried out a C.S.Kim Tang Soo Do karate school. http://www.cskimkaratefortwayne.com/ I know very little about this style, other then its got roots in shotokan and some northern Chinese styles. The teacher seams to be good and is VERY traditional. A nice guy and good teacher but very strict with his students. Not tolerating screwing off. He also is on the I.T.F technical advisory committee for the national organization. I asked him for some specifics on what is different between what he teach's and the KKW TKD. He said they do not do whippy sporty kicks, that they go for full powerful kicks with the hips. He also stated they use alot more hands then TKD. I attended a private class and it was similar to the karate i had done previously. He is a good teacher, very strict on good form and proper basics. Now regarding sparring im not sure how to take it. They didnt spar so i did not get to watch be we did talk about it after class. He only lets you spar when he feels you are technically good enough and have enough control to do it safely. So it basically depends on the students. Basic sparring for the color belts is point sparring. However he stated that they do advanced sparring in there advanced class's with more open targets(low kicks and face punching and take downs). He was very honest as to why he has restrictive sparring, saying that he has to do it this way protect himself from getting sue'd. That this is different from how he trained with Master C.S.Kim but was done out of necessity to prevent lawsuits. Its this sparring that is the only niggle i have with this school. I dont know much about point sparring but i heard its not useful. Im glad they have more open sparring but like stated its at later belt levels and only if he thinks your safe enough to do it. So what do you think guys?