When I took my blue belt test I tested at Unified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Pedro Sauer Team. I hadn’t to that point attended or trained at any other academy, school, or dojo. I got to spend some time before the test with a class. I realized right off that it was good to get a larger perspective on my chosen martial art. In the half hour I was there for the class and the two for the test I was exposed to new ways of doing things and different approaches to training. I think my present Jiu-Jitsu instructor summed it up best in his post Fred Ettish was a Frog. To summarize it, if you isolate yourself to only one group your skills and technique are limited by that group. You need to get out and experience new challenges and different situations.
I think the idea configuration is that you should have a primary instructor and two secondary instructors. They should not be closely associated with each other. Your primary is the one you attend on a regular basis and test with. The secondary’s you attend only on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. I think this will help to reduce the “frog in the well” trouble talked about with Fred Ettish.
Once again the goal is to improve your Jiu-Jitsu and have fun doing it. Not to mention that you will make new friends and get tapped out in new ways. I hope this help you accelerate your training and enjoyment of Jiu-Jitsu.
Please share with me your experiences.