|Private Lessons were once the norm, not the exception|
I used to think myself the luckiest karateka in the world when I found myself in the dojo with only Miyazato Eiichi sensei for company. Around 4pm each afternoon, he would spend an hour training by himself, and leave me to do the same, but sometimes he would amble over and help me 'fine tune' my kata. His lessons were short and to the point, and would often include asking me why I was doing something the way I did.
Looking back, I now understand that the private lesson was not the time I spent in the dojo with my sensei, instead, it was the time I spent alone afterwards with my thoughts. Miyazato sensei rarely taught me techniques, he was more interested in getting me to a point where I could work things out for myself.