Re: Good news, i passed my 1st grading today
Actually... shodan also took me 10 years.. but I did have a couple of years away from training (work, having children, finishing my master thesis - stuff like that). And for long periods I was only able to go to the dojo once a week. However I urge my students to stick to it, and when I think they are about ready I make them start preparing for the next grading. They have to meet the criteria, but the process of preparing actually speeds up the learning process and help them focus for a while. But it's a balance of course..