Private lessons are the absolute best way to improve your game…period! When I first started training, I added 2 private sessions per week to my training routine and it made a massive difference! In fact, I was able to get my blue belt in under 8 months (I competed about twice a month too)!
Here are a couple helpful pointers when it comes to taking privates:
- Bring a notepad. Treat your BJJ/MMA game just like you would any other educational activity. Could you imagine a college student that went to class every day but failed to take any notes? Sounds stupid doesn’t it? The same goes for the BJJ student that shows up to class everyday empty handed.
- Keep a consistent routine. Take as many as your pocket book allows. The more you immerse yourself in BJJ knowledge and practice, the better you’ll become. Try not to take any less then 1 private per week.
- Work with a credible teacher. Nothing’s worse then seeing someone teach privates that has absolutely no business doing so. If your head instructor has a free-for-all management technique then pick someone (if not the main instructor) that is AT LEAST a belt level above you. Keep in mind, the higher the belt level, the more it usually costs.
- Don’t skimp. Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for when it comes to private lessons. Good instructors will charge anywhere from $30-$100 per session depending on skill level, duration of training and amount of sessions purchased. Personally, I charge $500 for a package of 10 sessions or $60 per session if you purchase them individually.
- Don’t share. Unlike playground rules, sharing privates is bad. If you and a training partner want to set up privates together then tell your instructor and see if he minds that you attend together. Odds are he’ll cut you a deal and probably keep the payment structure the same…I know I do. Don’t be “that guy” and sign up for private sessions with the intention of showing your closest friend for free (or charging him half of what you pay). Odds are you’ll show him wrong and you’ll both end up making bad habits.
If you live in or around Louisville, KY and would like more info on private lessons or to schedule a session, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. If you want a less expensive alternative to one-on-one private lessons then check out our online training program with hundreds of hours of BJJ curriculum at http://www.bjjschool.com. It’s only $9.99/mo…and we let you check it out your first 30 days FREE!
Keep on rollin’!