I had to back up and reevaluate this thread for myself, and thought that it might be noteworthy to other posters; I think we all agree that often the only difference between professional and amateur is opportunity I think we all undserstand that some are natural teachers and others are learned; some are better by approach whether learned or acquired; some are delinquent whether by ignorance or nondissection of natural ability I think we all agree that there is nothing wrong with persons offering advice as long as it is appropriate (solicited, warranted, timely, and most of all correct) ...that JID's complaint was that the guy in her op only fit one of these categories...amateur. ...that the best thing to do, all things being equal, is to humbly offer an "opinion" of how something might work better for "you" in a given moment, and then refer the partner in question to a pro (if for no other reason than it's a "pro's" job to theoretically know how to advise/correct) I believe the reasons why there are no BR study groups in the U.S. include; initially, most come to BR as a recreational activity (by definition, not something that requires "study") the U.S. typically doesn't have the patience that other cultures have; they...we are more of an immediate satisfaction culture (thus wanting the result without a lot of study) it is also culturally prevalent in the U.S. to desire to be the best, have the best, own the biggest, etc. (thus, a study group would suggest needing improvement) I think this last point is interesting because, as many of you know, after one attends a 'Beginners' Class' in Europe, they don't go to 'Intermediate' as in the U.S. They go to 'Improvers' Class'; a term that simply would not be had, here, because, though we all want to improve, it is just not culturally desirable to be called such. Just some late night thoughts.