How does your school teach new material?
I train at two different schools, one kenpo, one bjj. On top of the obvious differences in the material they teach, the two schools also approach teaching in drastically different ways. I'd like to hear from other members about how their schools teach their material. Here's the situation I'm going through right now.
At my kenpo school there is a set curriculum. Everyone basically works on the same set of material for a two month time period, then the school moves on the next set. Students generally show up with a basic idea of what they will be working on that day, each class building on the next until the end of the two-month cycle.
At my bjj school, the material presented for a given class is basically up to whatever the instructor feels like doing that day. Each class is independent from the next. We might spend a whole class on learning a couple of guard passes, but then not do them again for months.
Being that I have a lot more experience with my kenpo school's format, I find it difficult to learn in the relatively unstructured approach of my bjj school. I often tell people that my bjj training has given me a lot of dots, but I'm having trouble connecting them to get a complete picture.
My kenpo school offers private lessons for people that want to work on stuff outside of that sessionís curriculum, and I was hoping to get some privates to add some structure and fill in the gaps of my bjj training. I was really surprised when an instructor at my bjj school discouraged me from doing this, telling me private lessons were best used to refine specific parts of your game (i.e. I'm having problems with this sub from side control, show me what I'm doing wrong), not to teach large portions of new material (i.e. I'm a newb, show me the guard and what I can do from it).
I get the serious feeling that my bjj school's format is designed to cater to their core students, guys that have already developed some degree of skill, but isn't very kind to beginners. My kenpo school's black belt classes are run like my bjj classes, but everyone there already has an understanding of the proper technique, mechanics, and strategy. In affect we are working improving stuff we already know, not learning new things. The bjj class I typically get the most out of is the Saturday morning self-defense class, where there are enough similarities to my kenpo for me to learn the new techniques and integrate them into my overall game easily.