I've been to some schools, where a new student will be given a 30min intro. lesson, prior to their actually joining in a regular class. These lessons are usually designed to give the new student, a basic idea of some of the blocks, punches, kicks, stances, etc., that they'll encounter, during their martial arts journey. Once the student has completed this, they're usually in a beginner class, so usually everyone in the class, even if somene has been there for a week or month longer than the newbie, everyone is pretty much on the same page. I've also been to some schools, where its more of a revolving door. Where ever the newbie enters, is where they enter. Whatever is being worked on, is what they work on as well. The student in this case is usually paired up with a more senior student to assist with the learning process. I would imagine this approach would or could have the potential to be very frustrating, as the newbie might feel overwhelmed. Of course, if the student is an experienced martial artist, but just new to that particular art, it will probably be easier for them to adapt, vs. someone with no prior background. So, what does everyone else think? Do you prefer intro lessons or just putting the new student right into the mix?