These words are used regularly in a dojo setting. We practice basics, drill basics, learn advanced techniques, attend advanced class, basic bunkai, advanced bunkai and so on...
Basic - of, relating to, or forming the base or essence: fundamental
Advanced - far on in time or course, being beyond others in progress or ideas
Do you remember your first karate lesson? During my first class, a black belt was pulled out of class to work with me individually. He showed me how to punch, a few stances, blocks. We walked through the first kata and waza. Mr. Z explained the dojo layout, dojo etiquette and the elements of a typical class. It was an important day in my karate journey. After 19 years, I am still practicing and refining the lessons learned on the first day.
As a class instructor, I have another perspective. Have you ever told the "advanced" class the focus of the session would be on basics? Did you take notice to the reaction? I have seen green/brown belt students practically deflate at the mention of basics. Some students become so focused on "advanced" or "new" material that basics are neglected. They can demonstrate the next kata but struggle with first kata. Do the students hear the word basic and think boring and repetitive?
In a mixed class of beginners and advanced kyu rank students, the students should be practicing at their level. The beginner who is just learning a technique may be focused on pattern, direction or sequence of movement. A more experienced practitioner can work on the same technique and focus on breath, intent, timing and visualization.
In my opinion, it is important to utilize practice time to its fullest potential.
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