Yes, we have free sparring. There are also some kung-fu competitions (including fights), but my primary goal isn`t compete.
I know that I am going to the gym more often than going to the kung-fu academy, but that is because my schedule. My kung-fu academy opens from 5pm to 23pm and my gym opens from 5am to 22pm. All my mornings are free (I work from 11am to 7pm), so I can go to the gym 3x/week without problems. But my nights are already full, and I only have those 2 days to go to the kung-fu academy. I also practice kung-fu at home in the weekends.
t think that I need more conditioning, because our fights at the academy dont last more than 1 or 2 minutes (we try to strike some points of the opponent. It is a sequence of attacks and counter attacks until one hit an important point of the other. I don`t know if I made myself clear in this; I am brazilian, and writing in english is not very usual for me). If I was a competidor, I would focus more on conditioning, but that is not the case.
I like the idea of letting my weight regulate itself. Weight is not my primary goal, anyway.
My primary goal is become better at kung-fu (I won`t compete, but I like to fight at the academy and I like to be always "prepared" in case of need), but I really enjoy lifting too.
I will look for other topics about this in the combat forum.