Calgary MMA Gyms
I am currently training out of Dynamic MMA in Calgary AB. I would have to say that the things you just mentioned about your gym are kind of absurd.
We kickbox with our equipment on, and condition for fights on a seperate occasion. I feel that all the equipment is important to avoid injuries...and conditioning for the hard blows you'll get in a fight should be done seperately.
Also, we have a head instructor - along with many assistant instructors who have been training for YEARS. This way, we get the experienced training that we need from the assistant instructors, but we also get the supervision that is neccesary in a martial arts school environment.
Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts can be two very dangerous sports, so schools should be taking more caution to make sure that no one gets injured - just like Dynamic MMA does.