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Old 08-09-2007, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Private Lessons and their value

I have been studying BJJ in South Florida for 7 years off and on (mostly on) and I am now a blue belt. I began my training with American Top Team and I now train at the Miami Gracie Academy.
I have the opportunity now to take private lessons from a Gracie brown belt who trained at The Gracie Academy in L.A. and recieved all of his belts (from white to brown) from Helio & Rorion Gracie.

Are private lessons worth it? What can I expect to gain from them as opposed to just training 3 to 4 days a week in group classes? Will it allow me to progress to purple faster, to improve my tecnique, etc.? Naturally I want to be the best I can be at BJJ. Is this the right path to take?

I'd appreciate any advise and suggestions from anyone.

P.S. It would be one private a week (four a month) in addition to training in group classes 3 to 4 days a week.
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Old 08-09-2007, 10:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Get private lessons. I hope to god they speed up your lessons. A friend of mine just got his second blue belt. He practices 3 times a week and has been practicing for about 9 months.
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Old 08-10-2007, 01:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think they are worth it. In a class setting, I would learn one technique and practice it all night with everyone one else in the class.

I feel I learn more working with other people learning with me.
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Old 08-10-2007, 05:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I took private tkd lessons for awhile and learned a lot, but then you get to spar one person, or practice one-steps or poomse with one person. I feel like i learn more in a group. Ideally I would do both.
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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with group classes on the side i would take those private lessons in a heart beat, you have someone there compleatly focused on you and your technique. I dont know if it would help you get your belt faster but it would really help your skill.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I train BJJ as well and although I haven't done any privates with my instructor, I definately notice a significant improvement in guys who do. One guy trains as often as me and I'd usually tap him a few times a session though after a few privates, I can't even tap him anymore. So it helps.
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