BJJ Coaches: Attentive or Lacking?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors have a very rewarding but daunting job of teaching their students the art of BJJ. Many adult coaches have to try to teach anywhere from 10-30 students a class on their own while kids coaches will usually have some extra instructors to help them. While this is not an easy task, there are instructors who excel at giving their attention to all of their students equally. However, most do not. There is a statistic that says BJJ coaches only focus on 20% of the students in class, 10% of that being the super star students who usually are high level competitors and the other 10% being the students who are new or just struggle with the techniques more than others and need extra attention. Now that leaves 80% of students who are left getting little to no attention from their instructors. If you do the math, in a class with 30 students, 6 students get the required attention from their instructors while the other 24 do not receive equal attention. Now this is not all the fault of the instructor. It is challenging to show help everyone in the short time allotted to work on the techniques in an hour long class. There is usually a warm up to start many BJJ classes and time for sparring at the end so that leaves about 30-40 minutes left to actually show techniques and drill them.
What is the solution for this dilemma that many students and instructors face daily at BJJ schools all over the world? Do academies offer more classes so there are less students in each class? That might work but every student has a different schedule and the academy might not be able to open up any more classes than it already offers. The best solution is for instructors and coaches to make sure they try to give their attention equally to all of their students each and every class. I have seen instructors that are both great at giving their attention to all their students and ones that need improvement.
Do you think BJJ instructors are attentive or need to give more attention to some of their students? Let me know in the comments!