I've stopped traveling to my JJJ class because it's too far, so a week ago, I joined a Judo class that just started. I was there for the dojo's FIRST CLASS;...the instructor didn't even teach any breakfalling. He made a 30-second speech on the history and purpose of Judo, then went right into Kesa Gatame. After Kesa-, he had us do more-or-less free-style 2-on-2 sparring and grappling. I dare say virtually no one knew what to do/what they were doing. Most of the other students were elementary and middle schoolers (I'm college age), so that was different... Second class - no breakfalling either, but the instructor begins teaching Ko Soto-, O Soto-, and Ou Uchi- Gari. When he threw me in Ou Soto, I slapped the mat (to absorb the shock) as part of my Ukemi. It was only then that he decided to tell the class why slapping the mat is important...but that's all he did was explain - we still didn't do any breakfalling. Next class, we will work on Uchi Komi's. I would dare say that this isn't the normal sylibus for the first three days of class, is it???