- How form/kata oriented is it ?
Depends on the instructor. you have 10 forms to learn before Black. But different instructors will have different emphasis. My old instructor had a background in Judo and did more techniques. Another instructor I knew lived for sport Karate, his students won a lot of tournaments.
- What do the techniques resemble ? American Kenpo ? Wushu ? I have no idea.
The Combinations came from Nick Cerio. They are closer to American Kenpo than Wushu, but they are different, def more Karate.
- I know they are pretty McDojo-ish ( or are THE McDOJO according to your source ). Is it just ridicously watered down ?
Depends on the instructor. But I have seen many other traditional Karate schools that are similar.
Hard to say what is really watered down .
- Your observations ?
The forms are traditional forms you will find in other traditional Karate styles. George Dillman has the Pinions on video with pressure point attacks. So there are resources out there to make it what you want.
The forms are actual forms from TMA, the black belt stuff is Villaris (or USSD's) creation. It is based on what Villari learned while under Nick Cerio.
I have met USSD/Villari people who can fight and others who can barly walk. Steve Demasco has talent, but that doesnt mean your instructor does.
The system was created by Fred Villari, USSD broke off from him and changed some items but it is basically the villari system.
If you took it, and put on gloves and fought someone regularly with heavy contact you will have fighting skills (Not UFC)
Is it a good system? Its equal to pretty much the comon Karate sytem out ther, and they do the most common forms.
Is it worth while? The information is generic to most Karate styles, you can take it elsewhere and it will be a good base to build on. While it doesnt include BJJ type grappling, it does have a lot of information.
The instructor could be good or bad, or open to new training methods.