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Yesterday I participated for the first time in "advanced class" (since my dojo is pretty big, we have classes seperated to 'beginners', 'year plus' and advanced. Even though i'm there for more than a year and a half, i'm in a beginners group).
Due to my schedule, I can only attend Beginners and advanced classes, so I asked the Dojo head if i can try advanced, and he said sure. I was kind of frightened of not being able to keep up, but actually it was pretty nice. I think I was the lowest ranking person there by atleast 3 Kyus (I'm on 5th kyu) , but I knew what I was doing most of the time,
I noticed that most students tend to take plenty of breaks, while in my class our sensei forbids breaks unless you're "fainting". I managed to get through the class with no breaks while maintaining a good pace, a respectable posture and honest attacks, I guess mostly thanks to the rigid regime of beginner's class.
Anyways, now I'm officially invited to advanced class. I wonder if I should go there once a week, appending to my twice a week beginners, or jump into 4 classes a week right away. I'm thinking to maintain a minimum of 3 classes a week, while allowing myself to miss one advanced class for socializing.