To make progress we must attend firstly ,secondly a principle of learning needs to be within the fabric of individual progression ,or your group as a whole .
As a uechi teacher I really need the student to attend ,because no matter how good I claim the methods I impart to be ,they are moribund and stagnant with out attention to attendance ,in other words your input is vital ,are you gonna turn up ? ok you are willing to come a couple a days per week ,or even one day ,modern life? .
Originally as a uechi helper , I was totally rigid I demanded seven days attendance or a least a sick note from a docter type of attitude for absence ,I even insisted they keep up the syllabus even on holiday abroad , I did not wish to see signs of rust on coming back ,the next time they came under my beady eyes.
Keep the kettle boiling attitude from day one ,with this attitude I lost upwards of two hundred people ,and the silly thing I never batted a eye brow at this state of affairs ,
So I one day realised there must be a weening in period ,and ample doses of flexibility ,I originally expected every one to be dead keen about uechi ,my mistake was I did not allow interest to build up ,in other words I did not really understand human beings ,and their problems of inertia and loyalty ,and a loyal attitude developed towards a facinating endevour that is uechi-ryu .
Two days a week is not really inertia ,yet its an accomplishment , I can build from this ,one reason my dojo doors were open all day for a student to come and increase on input ,I have always valued from day one a student taking a lesson I have imparted home, [homework] originally this was a demand on my part .
One reason I value homework is my constant observation of the students growing or stagnant attention to memory develpment ,in conjunction to how I unpeel say the sanchin concept ,and over the course of years I create a flow of backtracking to their very first day ,on this memory development .