basically discussing some of the pros and cons that come w/working w/a set group of people or working w/a revolving door of people. I have done both in grappling/striking; working w/regulars and then meeting people online and traveling to work w/their group or visiting another city or town and working w/guys at their school. So these are some of the things i have come up with. set group- 1)you really know when your getting better; these guys see you regularly, so your growth or lack thereof is obvious. 2)you find out if your skill level is good or if your a product of your style or your abilities (i.e. physical skillset); no matter how unique or diff your style is, when someone sees it enough they begin to recognize the tells..the holes..the strong points and the situational effectiveness or lack thereof. When you train w/new guys, they are getting their first look at your style and the more difficult it is; because it's a combination of unpopular arts or maybe its your body mechanics or its your mindset (being a def guy or unorthodox), its hard for them to key in on it or even take adv of shortcomings cus they don't have a good grasp of what and why you do what you do. Guys who see you regularly get things down and then it becomes a matter of if your skills are there, if they aren't then the effectiveness or uniqueness of your style begins to lose its shine. Same thing w/athletic ability, as hard as you hit, fast as you move, tough as you are; once people get a good grasp of the extent of your abilities they start to lose their impact on how effective you are, IF the skills aren't there to back it up. 3)you get feedback, guys your comfortable w/are much more apt to open up the books; let you pick their minds, and really help you shore up your game. Your teammates and partners your improvements and success reflect on them and assist them in improving. cons 1)familiarity, no surprises; even if your improving alot, these guys see it everyday..so your not catching anyone off guard unless your doing work outside of class. 2)lack of intensity, when your around people you know you don't always go as hard or maintain your focus; your pals your friends, you respect each other ability and knowledge. So when someone isn't coming w/it you might be calmer because you know his skills ability and don't feel the need to push all the time.