Most people know that BJJ private lessons are available at every single academy “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 possibility 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 benefits come a major down side; a good teacher has to divide his time as fairly as possible between everyone un the class, so if you’re in a school full with 15-30 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 minutes two 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 class. As many people know, jiu jitsu is all about details, a slight angle chance 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 following 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 “ME” during your private lesson. I enjoy rolling with my students, however large group sizes and limited time does not give me an opportunity to provide individual attention to details and feedback. The object of the roll is to continue without stopping to exercise the skills learned. If feedback is given after the roll, it’s not likely for the feedback to be absorbed. Muscle memory and time explaining skill in great detail will provide more productive growth.


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 I have a tight, your options are still better- you can book an extra quality training session whenever possible.

Published: August 24, 2019

Categories: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu