Hey there, I've done aikido and judo for about 9 years, but I'm a beginner in karate. I did a lot when I was a kid, but now I'm 41 and training with a local shotokan school (currently 8th kyu, but my instructor reckons I'm closer to 6th kyu proficiency....still a newbie). I only get to train in class once a week, if I'm lucky, so I want to train at home to supplement my limited class time. However, I'm at a loss as to how much, and what, I should be practicing. I'll give more details about my situation, and maybe some of you old hands can give me some direction! As I said, I'm training shotokan, currently working heian shodan, nidan, and just starting sandan. A few problems I seem to have are not staying loose, holding my breath, and moving too slowly. The stances and transitions are still awkward for me, and I'm trying to remember all the characteristics of each stance, and it takes me a while to get to it. Apparently, I move like I'm in molasses! Kime is still really elusive to me as well. It would be easy to say "just stay relaxed", "breathe", "move faster"....but that hasn't worked for me thus far.... Would anyone happen to have a routine you do at home, you could share with me, or have any recommendations? Thanks a bunch!