“Privates” in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community is when a BJJ student pays an instructor (who is normally a black belt) for an hour of their time for one-on-one instruction. The student gets the full, personalized attention of a highly knowledgeable jiu-jitsu professor, which presumably allows for accelerated learning and understanding of jiu-jitsu techniques. In a conversation we had on The FightWorks Podcast, red and black belt Pedro Sauer highly recommended privates as a way to advance in jiu-jitsu.
Privates are often available when a noteworthy jiu-jitsu instructor is on seminar tour. You can normally schedule a private during these times if your schedule is flexible and, of course, if you can afford it.
So how about you? Do you take private one-on-one jiu-jitsu classes? What is your opinion on them? Do you feel they are worth the price? Let us know in the poll above, and be sure to leave a comment below!