So today in class my Sensei mentioned that he was changing things up a bit. He established formal learning requirements for belts. Not just the kata and kumite (and line drills), but bunkai, ground knowledge, etc. While I felt like I was always learning things in class and that things didn't get stagnant, this is a definite improvement. It looks like we are doing more rather than less, and rounding out karate nicely. Instead of just doing a lot of line drills and kata during class (with some ground work on occasion), now we are doing a lot more bunkai, some self defense drills, and have a more established curriculum. My instructor, I think, is growing in his knowledge of teaching just as we are learning. It is nice to see.