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Old 07-22-2002, 10:23 AM   #7
Duarh
Join Date: Sep 2001
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We have a beginners' class that sounds more like what you're describing as a 'basics' class - people before their first (6th kyu) test train there, but there's always plenty of seniors, so the pace isn't necessarily very slow. New people just go at their own pace - but they're expected to do front rolls as well as try to fumble through their kotegaishis and ikkyos, nikkyos & sankyos and iriminages from first time on.

I'm in the beginners' class after a whole year (health troubles), but it's never like they're teaching us such basics that 'i've already grown out of'. People just practice and, slowly, get better until they decide to test, which can take quite a while
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