Re: Poll: Do you think private "one on one" lessons in aikido benefit the student more than regular group lessons?
The biggest jump in my own growth occurred during a time when there was a small core group of six in my dojo. We did every session in round robin format, we attacked with real spirit, and we could throw anyone without having to hold back. At a smaller number, say three, we would have trouble keeping up the high energy level for 90 minutes. At a larger number, particularly if there were white belts, the energy level would also break down because the kohai would be struggling with the waza and the flow and spontaneity would be lost. At that point it was better to pair up again.