Hey all! I just started Judo (About 4-5 months) and I am having a lot of fun with it. Being the impatient guy I am, I have a few questions on long term developement, though. I am curious as to how long it should take to advance to each rank (Don't give me all that "It's different for each person" stuff, I know it, but there is some sort of a general consensus on time. I've heard something like 5 years in order to obtain black belt.) Also, my instructor was using me as an Uki to practice his Uchi Matas, and when I asked about them he suggested that I was not ready to learn it. After having him toss me many times, I attempted one against him, by mimicking the movements he had done, and he said that I did pretty well. What I'm wondering is, what is the criteria for which throws you are "ready for?" Finally, my Judo is very much competition-oriented, and I notice that when I spar with friends (I seem to have martial artists of all different styles around me, suddenly) I tend to get a full ippon on them and then lose because they're not gonna just quit once they're ipponed. Are the rules going to haunt me throughout my Judo career, or do you advance to a point of being as efficient with rules as other artists are without? It is very good to meet you all, and a pleasure to be here. Thanks for any information you can give me, and please feel free to toss in help not related to my questions that it would do a new guy good to hear.