Re: Don't Miss This!
I generally agree although my caveat is that not everyone has the same things to offer and different offerings are more suitable for different folks. In my case, I have also been very lucky to have hands on a lot of remarkable individuals. In some cases, like you, I missed the senior instructor and only got hands on the senior students. It's still a worthwhile experience.
Now that I have a lot more structure and focus in my regular training regimen, I worry less today about exposing myself to as many of the old guard as possible while they still remain, but I also spent a decade doing that and it remains a worthy thing to pursue if you do have the time and inclination.