Group lessons vs. 1-on-1?

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  1. Alright, so I'm pretty much a beginner. I have some previous MMA experience, but it was not great, and it was a year or two ago. have an opportunity to take weekly 1-on-1 lessons with a fairly good coach in a local town. So, two points:
    - What are the advantages and disadvantages of group vs. 1-on-1 lessons?
    - The coach offered a 1.5 hour lesson for 25 euro. Should i try bargain this price?
    Thanks :)
     
  2. DoctorTaco

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    My only advice is to show up early, stretch out and warm up before your lesson starts.

    Take what you learn and apply it to the group classes and sparring.

    Pay him on euros, but tip him with American money. It's a classy move
     
  3. gotobread

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    Obviously you can't beat the attention you receive during a private lesson, but group classes are also important. For one, how else are you going to spar? I had to convert it into USD first so that I knew what the hell I was talking about, but if the coach knows what he's doing, then that's a good price for an hour and a half. I wouldn't attempt to talk him down from there.

    Anyway, if you have the time, do both.
     
  4. SAAMAG

    SAAMAG San Antonio Applied Martial Arts Group

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    I'd agree...that price is about 33 USD. Pretty good deal for that timeframe. I charge $25 per hour for 1-on-1's. So his rate is a little cheaper by a few dollars.
     
  5. Thanks everyone for the replies :)
    But ya, I was figuring that I might get another guy (maybe 2 more) to come to the lesson with me for sparring. The group lessons are only on at difficult times for me, thats why I'm going down this path.
    anyone got any advice for me now? :)
     
  6. gotobread

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    Is there anyone else in the area that offers group classes at more convenient times?

    Not that everyone cares about this aspect of training, but being a good pad holder is so important that I'd consider it another major benefit to a group atmosphere. I flew myself out to Thailand without ever having trained muay Thai a day in my life, so when I finally got back home, I had zero experience holding pads. I knew what it looked like, but I didn't really know how to do it. So I had a lot of catching up to do.
     
  7. MightySparrow

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    I don't know where you live but 25 euro for 1.5 hours sounds like a competitive price in most of north-west Europe, at least if the guy is any good.

    I think it's great to throw in one-on-ones every now and then to get in-depth coaching on basic flaws that need attention, nice techniques to throw in while sparring etc. But you'll typically need to train in class as well, because you'll want to spar against a reasonably wide range of opponents on a skill level similar to your own.

    I guess you could spar with a qualified coach as well, but I don't think it would feel particularly "real" as he'll most likely hold back all of the time, and you'll benefit from sparring against many different opponents.

    Do you plan on training just once a week though? If so, maybe you'll get more out of the one-on-one sessions. It might even be a bit less expensive than paying a yearly or half-yearly fee to train in a regular class. But if you really want to learn how to fight, for MMA competitions or whatever, I think you should definitely find the time to train more often in a regular class.
     
  8. unfortunately not, there's only one MMA gym within an hours drive, and even the one in question is 30-45 minutes away :(
     
  9. I'm in a situation where I can only realistically see myself training once a week most weeks at this MMA gym.
    As for sparring... I could probably ask the coach to take myself and another guy so we could spar. Any merit in this idea?
     
  10. SAAMAG

    SAAMAG San Antonio Applied Martial Arts Group

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    Not to thread jack, but holding pads is quite enjoyable for me. I like coming up with good combinations and controlling the pace. The key is making sure the movement, angles, and distance are correct to allow continuous, natural movement of the fighter.
     
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    I love holding pads. I'd run another class during the week just focusing on pad holding, if I had the time. And energy.
     
  12. MightySparrow

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    Sure, why not. By all means, it's much better than no training at all. If at all feasible, maybe you could have a chat with an affiliated or nearby MMA group and ask different people to come along and spar with you every now and then. You could have technique sessions with your coach every second week, and every second week some guy from the club would come down and spar with you under the coach's supervision. I could see some guys paying for that.

    You could supplement the training by jogging, lifting weights, maybe sneaking into the gym to work bags etc a few times a week when it fits into your schedule.

    It's an expensive and cumbersome set-up compared with just going to regular class, but I guess it should still work. In any case, I'd recommend you to spar on a regular basis, against several different people. You'll develop the most that way.
     
  13. Great advice, thanks :)
    There's open mats at the weekend for a couple of hours.. would it be possible that I could find someone to spar during that time? Or is it exclusively rollinf in most places?
     
  14. ectonomore

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    Both have their pros and cons so whatever's available, hit it.
     
  15. PeterPain

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    It's good when you start.
    It helps create a better form/stance, see what are your str and week.

    Can cost alot.
    My bill could have total up to $5200 a year.

    So I did it for awhile and stopped.
    I only do group class now for 350$ a year but miss the 1 on 1 with a sparring partner.
     

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