Thanks for everybody's response. I would also like to thank Bruce Baker and Joe Cavazos for their advice on not making rank a priority. Actually though, I'm on the other end of the spectrum. Rather than wanting to rush to take a rank test, I am actually kind of dreading it. I hate to admit it, but I am still having trouble on my forward rolls, and am I am just barely now able to do the backward rolls correctly. My thinking is that if I can't do something simple like rolls, will I be able to do the other stuff correctly?
By the way, Cavazos, thanks for the background on Sosa. Also, I train only at the Ft. Worth dojo, but on Thursdays, Lynn Fabia and David Fabia come from the Dallas dojo to teach.
It's all about connection.