I went to a free trial class last night at a gym close to my house in Alexandria, VA. I'm not sure what to expect for the first class....but I was told to get there a half an hour before the class started. I assumed that I would be greeted by the instructor and given the gyms history, training style, typical progression times and the basic jj skills that I would need to get the most out of the trial class. This was no where close to how it played out...I arrived there 30 mins early like I was instructed (although I was not given a POC or any instructions on what to do once I arrived) Not saying that I need to be led by the hand but....Is this the norm for gyms? So I found my way through the gym to the right room for the class only to find 3 guys in the gym at the time. The two younger guys looked like gym goers who wandered into the mat room and were just F-ing around. While another older guy was warming up on the other side of the room off in his own world. So I waited until the class started and slowly people started showing up. Come to find out the instructor was not even going to be there that night. Instead he had asked a blue belt teach the class which I don't have a problem with. But it looked like it was his first class that led and that this was a last minute thing. So I joined the class and went through the drills. Now keep in mind that I have no jj experience, it was almost like jumping on a bike without knowing how to pedal or brake...I was just on for the ride. After the class was done there was no consult on if I liked the class of if I was interested in joining. I just wanted to know if this was normal. If not I think I might have to suck it up and make the longer drive to the other bjj schools in the No VA area.