After doing Shotokan for 15 years, I was diagnosed a Diabetic (type 2). In order to get more training - and not just teaching others - I moved to a Goju-ryu club where I already had been training for 2 years. It's a great club, and I allways feel welcome there!
My problem is that after getting through a depression, I try to avoid everything that makes me sad. And one thing was my last grading where I got my 2. kyu. The sensei (highest graded in Denmark, from another club) barely looked at us, and we all got the grades we were trying for. To me it seems that all that matters is that you've ben traing for the right amount of sessions, rather than how you perform at the grading.
Am I the only one that has had this feeling? I've decided not to grade there again.
After discovering this excellent homepage and listening to a few podcasts, I also start thinking about CONTEXT and BUNKAI, and though we're only taught the official bunkais I try and keep an open mind. Thx Iaian.