One of our white belts said that phrase to me last night, and I have to agree with her: it seems like the more space you have on the mat to train, it feels like there is actually less room to train than if you were on a packed mat.
Personally, I think it has to do with the level of awareness with training pairs: when the room is packed, each pair understands how crucial space can be on the mat, and are particularly aware of just how close they are to someone else. When there are less people on the mat however, that awareness is lowered or dulled, and then the next thing you know three groups of people all barreling towards each other in a perfect storm of feet, hands and heads.
I’m sure everyone has experienced this phenomenon- have any funny stories to share due to it? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!