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I started attending "Advanced class" in my dojo since two weeks ago.
The techniques are allot more complicated and everyone is allot better than me.
It's rough to be so much worse than everyone by comparison (I'm 5th kyu, and the second lowest graded person in class is a 2nd kyu).
Sometimes when we do a complicated technique I feel like a Bufoon to be the only person in class who didn't get it from the two demonstrations the sensei gives.
On the other hand, when I concentrate on the footwork of the other trainers, I can spot their slackiness, due to the amount of time we invest in basic foot and hand work in the beginners class.
I think Advanced class pushes me forward tremendously. I just hope that I can keep up with it and start feeling at home soon.
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.