Gauger Renshi and I started karate at a dedicated dojo location. It was geared toward constantly growing in ranks. We took over our instructor’s program and taught in much the same model for nearly 18 years. Now we have moved into private karate training.
Many instructors use a private training approach. And they are often traditional martial arts instructors. In the United Ryukyu Kempo Alliance, alone, we know a lot of teachers who teach privately. There are benefits to both the instructor and the student in private karate training. Here’s the countdown of the top five of these benefits.
Instructors’ Time and Focus are Benefits of Private Karate Training
5. Private karate training allows the instructor to focus more time and energy on the training and advancement of each student. That is instead of having to constantly attract and find new students. Private karate teachers don’t feel pressured to fill or maintain a large, open dojo.
4. Another benefit is the smaller class size. This means more energy and a synergistic small group with more higher ranks. These dedicated, experienced advanced students set a good example for the lower ranks and beginners.
3. We have mostly the same people who all train together in classes. This makes it easier to get to know your dojo mates. This also allows the group of dojo mates to better support each student in a positive, and helpful way.
More Benefits of Private Karate Training
2. In our case, we train in different locations throughout the year. This means good practical training for life protection situations. We train on a variety of surfaces, in different lighting, both indoors and outside. Sometimes we train barefoot and sometimes with shoes. This variety of surroundings makes us better equipped to react to problems in real life. (Real life has a wide variety of locales and scenarios).
1. At our dojo, one of the benefits of private karate training is the lower tuition. We focus on our small group of dedicated students, as opposed to constantly growing. So we don’t spend much on advertising. That savings is reflected in our prices. Also the overhead from a dedicated, large dojo space is very costly. It is more than renting solely for time used (depending on how much time is used in the rented space). We are able to share those savings with our students.
When we visited Okinawa (the birthplace of karate), we rarely saw dedicated dojo locations. They mostly have traditional karate there. But it is typically taught in rented, borrowed and shared space.
Our students also benefit from Gauger Renshi’s and my decades of experience. Added benefits of private karate training with us (and other experienced instructors) include professionalism, systems, and tried-and-true practices that have been in place for decades – even centuries.
We have a dedicated core group of students. Kudos to them for taking their karate training seriously. We love leading our students in improving themselves and living their best lives. We look forward to sharing our training adventures and the benefits of private karate training with future new students as well.