Everyone knows that BJJ private lessons are available at every single school with pretty much every teacher, but most people don’t take them because they can be quite pricey. However, it’s not just a matter of money, it’s a matter of prioritization. Like with any expensive purchase, if you want it bad enough, you can find ways to afford it. This quick list is meant to help bump those of you that are indecisive about them, in the right direction to possibly invest in some private lessons. It doesn’t have to be weekly, it can even be once a month, but either way the benefits can be very useful.
Sure, group classes are great because you get to train with all sorts of different people. However, with that benefit comes a major down side; a good teacher has to divide his time as fairly as possible between everyone in the class. So if you’re in a school full of 30-50 people per class, you’re going to have a hard time getting the most detail out of your professor. That’s why having his full attention in a private for 30 min to an hour is really valuable.
Another thing that’s great about private lessons is that you can take the time to dissect certain details that you would never have the chance to really get into in regular classes. As many people know, jiu-jitsu is all about detail, a slight angle change in any position can be a world of difference. So this is your chance to really get the details that your game has been missing.
Usually, in regular classes, your professor does not take individual questions – there is a program that is followed and everyone sticks to it, and sure, you can ask your professor questions about what he is demonstrating, but you won’t have the chance to really look into your own game. In a private lesson, it’s all about you. You can write down a list of things that have been frustrating you and you can really work out those personal techniques you’ve been thinking about.
Another benefit of getting undivided attention is that you can get to roll with your teacher during your private lesson. A lot of teachers like to roll with their students during the regular group classes, however, in larger classes it will almost be impossible for the instructor to really get a chance to be with everyone. A private lesson will guarantee time where you can test yourself against your teacher and have him/her analyze your game better by feeling you roll.
Do you have a scattered work schedule? Can’t make it to as many classes as you’d like because of it? Well, a private lesson can be booked when it’s convenient for both you and your professor. Even if your professor has a tight schedule, your options are still better – you can book an extra quality training session whenever possible.
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My name is Ryan Markish. I’m an American Top Team black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu (bjj). Sometimes people ask, “Which is better–group classes or private lessons?” In my experience, both are important to the development of a jiu jitsu practitioner. Let me explain…
I began training in September 2009. I received my black belt in December 2015. Six years is unusually fast to receive a black belt in bjj. I am not a natural athlete. I am not a competitor. My quick progression through the ranks was the function of aggregate mat time. I took a ton of classes–both private and group. (During my first two years, I averaged 10+classes per week.)
Private classes–one on one with your instructor (often with a third person who joins as a “dummy”)–is a way to accelerate your learning. Why? 1) Because your instructor can tailor teaching of a move or a position to your body type and your level. 2) You’re getting 100% undivided attention from your teacher. (Even in the best group classes, your instructor might have a couple minutes to observe you doing the moves. So, private instruction is like packing 3-4 classes into one.
If private classes are so great, why should I even do group classes? Because in group classes, you get to practice your moves and positions against a variety of skill levels and body types.
In my experience, both group and private lessons were essential to my development. During my first two years of doing bjj, I did 90% no gi. And I essentially did 1-2 private lessons a week. I probably progressed 3x faster than my teammates.
When I moved to South Florida, I needed to quickly build up my gi game. I began taking private classes with Junior Fernandes. I packed everything in so fast. In the private lessons, I videotaped my sessions… I practiced the positions on my own time. And my gi game development was rapid. I’ve taken probably 200 private lessons with Junior. This December, I will have 2 years as a black belt… and I still continue to take one private class a week with Junior.
– Ryan Markish