Late to the party, but I did a session today with Ben from http://www.forbesmtbcourses.com
Just me, 1 on 1 for 2 hours after work, at Gap Creek Reserve
Being a total n00b, we started with the basics:
Track stand attempts - this surprised me, but made sense when he explained it just gives you time to assess things if you need it.
He noticed my grip and we went and moved my brake levers in a bit from the end of my bars, trying to get me used to 1 finger braking.
Flat pedals/attack stance.
Front/rear wheel lifts, then some obstacles - 1 coppers log/2 coppers logs/six coppers logs in a stack kind of thing.
Cornering - including moving from flat to outside leg down and back to flat - that was much longer to get hold of than I'd like to admit.
Then hit a couple of trails in the second hour, some wayyy more technical stuff than I've been on so far. (But still only Green/Blue rated)
The difference between me stopping dead on seeing some of the obstacles on the first trail and not blinking about something similar 20 minutes later was pretty stark.
I found the whole session just so worthwhile.
Ben was pretty easy going, no stress felt at all.
He explained everything so I could understand it.
I have to practice, then I will do a second session with him next month.
I would recommend him to anyone in Brissie.