by Danny OD]
There are many ways to learn in Jiu Jitsu with each method having its specific time and place. Going to class, competing and watching online footage are the most common ways to learn and are definitely irreplaceable. However, one of the most effective ways to further your skills is through private lessons. Private lessons give you the one on one time that is very difficult to have in a formal class setting. Here are four tips to get the most out of one on one time with your instructor.
1. Come prepared!
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” It’s very important to come to private lessons with specific questions in mind. While coaches can pinpoint deficiencies while watching you train, they won’t be able to watch all of your rounds in sparring. No one knows your game better than you, so by having specific questions for the instructor you are much more likely to come away with the information you need to plug the holes in your game.
2. Focus on One Concept or Position
Jiu Jitsu is an extremely vast art that takes many years to become proficient at. Often the most effective approach to learning involves focusing intensely on one concept or position and learning all of its intricacies. If you try to cover too many topics at once it can be difficult to retain all of the information presented. It can also be helpful to ask about the instructors personal strengths, especially if they relate to the topic you’re wanting to cover.
3. Ask Questions
Private lessons are often the best time to ask questions because the instructor is completely focused on you. This allows you to ask follow up questions as well. In class it can be difficult for the instructor to focus all of his or her attention on you because he or she must work with other students at the same time. It is often useful to have all of your questions written down in a notebook, especially if you have a lot!
4. Practice What You Learned!
Although this tip seems obvious, it is often hard to focus on one position in Jiu Jitsu. In class we have to work on what the instructor teaches and it can be hard to force a specific position in sparring. This is where specific training can be incredibly helpful. You can ask your partner to start in a position and work from there. This will give you the added benefit of seeing how your training partners attempt to counter your new moves.