I have some regular people that I train with, and I also travel around to train with different people where possible. Over the years I've notched up quite a few big names and senior grades where I've trained with them for a few classes, or for an hour at a big weekend event. I've also taught, so I know a little bit about that side of things. I find that there is a wide range in what people teach when you only train with them a few times.
Sometimes I walk away with a few new weapons in my arsenal and am very excited. Equally I can then train with them again and realise that all those new weapons are what they teach in every session where they are a guest. I remember one semi-regular instructor that I trained with where, after a few years, people would ask what he taught at the class and you could summarise it as somehting like "His usual mawashi drills, plus his push-up circuit, and he told the story about when he was in Denmark"
Sometimes I walk away inspired at some amazing physical feat, or exhausted from having worked incredibly hard. But again, I can go back to the same teacher and find that they are actually only teaching basics and not giving me anything new or anything of use to me personally. I unfortunately look back at a lot of those inspiring sessions now as twenty quid an hour to get to do oi-tsuki,
My question is, how do you approach instructors that you only get to train with occasionally, or who you may only get one chance to train with? What do you want to get from the classes? Do you feel it is a waste training with someone only now-and-then?
Similarly, to anyone who regularly travels to teach one-off classes (*cough* Iain *cough), how do you approach a visit? Do you want to give them a condensed 3-hour summation of everything you know in case you never see them again? Do you want to work on some specific drills that you can hopefully build on in the future? Do you try to tailor a class to complement what they do normally? Do you care about doing something eye-catching enough that they will bring you back?