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Old 07-27-2005, 04:07 PM   #7
Location: Birmingham, AL
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 66
Re: Quick Test vs Slow Test

There are beginner/intermediate/advanced classes at my dojo (Yoshinkan affiliated), and we have a decent-sized student body and consistent influx of beginners. The obvious advantage of ranking, therefore, is moving past the fundamentals and working with more experienced aikidoka.

Before I signed on, I tried out another, smaller dojo of mixed rank classes. I was with them for about a month. The style of training didn't suit me very well, as I felt like I wasn't focused enough in terms of what I was learning. (They were a fine bunch of folks, though, no mistake.) Someone who is more suited to that type of learning environment, I could definitely see taking their time.
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