One of the services we offer at Gracie Bradenton is private instruction. This is where you get one on one time with an instructor who will work with you for roughly an hour (sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less) and tailor it to your specific needs. There are four types of private lessons we do.
1. The beginner private
The beginner private is usually dictated by the coach. We give you a set of body movements, positions and/or submissions to work on and you drill them both solo and with a partner. Beginners typically don’t know what they don’t know, so it’s up to the coach to guide them through their first few private lessons to make sure the student is able to grasp the basic concepts of movement, distance management, positions and so on.
2. The question/answer private
After the student gains somewhat of an understanding of the basics, they will begin to notice and remember more of what happens in their sparring sessions. The natural result of this, especially when the student is unable to defend a certain position or submission, is for the student to have questions about what happened to them. These questions usually sound something like this, “Jeff keeps getting me in the same arm bar from side control, what am I doing wrong?” or “How do I escape a triangle choke?” The more a student trains, the more questions they will have as time goes on.
3. The evaluation private
The evaluation private is good when a student would like a complete breakdown of their jiu jitsu game. These types of privates start out with sparring so that the instructor can get a feel for the student’s jiu jitsu. Once the student trains with the instructor, he or she will then train with another student of similar skill and size while the instructor watches. After about 15 or so minutes of sparring, the instructor will then provide a detailed breakdown of the student’s current game, and what the student needs to do to get to the next level.
4. The competition private
The competition private is geared towards first time competitors. The instructor will spend time explaining the different competition rulesets that exist, explain the rules and guide the student through a few competition sparring rounds with a partner as the instructor acts as the referee, calling out time, points, advantages and helping the student keep track of it all as he/she spars.