Private Training vs Group Classes in Martial Arts & Boxing

Having the right training options in martial arts can significantly impact your progress and experience. Most martial arts and boxing schools today offer two primary types of training: private sessions and group classes. At our academy, which specialises in boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), and mixed martial arts (MMA), we understand each option’s unique benefits. This article will explore the advantages and disadvantages of private training and group classes from the client’s perspective.

Private Training: Personalised Attention and Rapid Skill Development

Private training stands out when it comes to perfecting your technique and receiving individualised attention. The coach focuses on you in a private session, allowing for detailed feedback and personalised coaching. This one-on-one setting is especially beneficial for beginners who must develop proper form and technique quickly. With various coaching methods and cues, an experienced instructor ensures that skills are acquired efficiently.

At our academy, we highly recommend private training for new students who have never trained in martial arts or boxing. Our onboarding program includes private sessions and video content to equip beginners with the confidence and skills to join group classes.

While not strictly necessary, bringing a training partner to private sessions in grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) can significantly enhance the learning experience. A training partner lets the coach provide more accurate and effective coaching cues with clear visual reference during demonstrations. This setup lets you practice techniques with real-time feedback and adjustments, ensuring you understand the movements and their applications more thoroughly.

Private training is also invaluable for existing students seeking a “tune-up.” Whether you need help with a specific technique, are preparing for grading, or are getting ready for a competition, private sessions offer focused training to refine your skills.

The Cost of Private Training

While private training requires a higher financial investment than group classes, it offers unparalleled value in personalised attention and rapid skill development. Prices vary depending on the gym and the instructor’s experience, typically from $50 to $100 per hour. In Australia, the average cost is around $70-$80 per hour.

Consider this investment as a commitment to fast-tracking your progress.

Group Classes: Affordability, Social Interaction, and Motivation

Group classes offer a more affordable training option with benefits like social interaction and peer motivation. Training with others can push you to new levels, enhancing your technical skills and sparring abilities. In a group setting, instructors provide feedback to the entire class and offer individual tips as they circulate, though the attention per person is less compared to private sessions.

Classes are also ideal for developing sparring and fighting skills, which are best honed in a dynamic environment with multiple training partners. The camaraderie and support from fellow students can significantly boost your motivation and overall training experience.

Our Recommendation

We recommend starting with private training to build a solid foundation and then transitioning to group classes for optimal progress. This approach ensures you gain the necessary skills and confidence before integrating into a class setting. Additionally, using private sessions sporadically to address specific concerns or prepare for important events can further enhance your training journey.

At our academy, we offer both private training and group classes tailored to your needs. We have the right program whether you’re just starting or looking to improve your skills. Join us and experience the best of both worlds in martial arts training.

By balancing personalised coaching and the dynamic environment of group classes, we can help you achieve your martial arts goals more effectively. Contact us today to learn more about our training options and find the perfect fit for your Boxing, Kickboxing, BJJ, and MMA journey.