Josh - thanks for the advice. Maybe 'battling' was the wrong word to use, I most certainly didn't want to give that sort of aggressive impression. Believe me I'm not the aggressive type...far from it.
I certainly enjoy training with the kids, they are good value, but I really feel my training is hampered. I have spoken to a shaodan about it and he will most likely talk to my instructor.
Its just a matter of weathering the storm really. Its the start of the year, and summer. As the year wears on, our numbers usually drop back.
In the meantime, I'll keep on, keeping on. That attitude has got me this far.
The post was more of a rant I guess, I was venting having just trained the night before.
Thanks again everyone for polite, constructive advice.