All schools and teachers have their own curriculums and perhaps you are progressing at a normal pace at your school. The basics you mentioned is a general term and may be comprised of different things than what is taught at other schools. In other words, your basics might be considered advanced in other schools. There's plenty of material to learn and if you're in your 20's or 30's you'll certainly get to the "good stuff". Keep in mind you'll discover when you learn so much, that you'll start to forget a lot of things that came before.
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I currently study eagle claw at Rothrock's Kung Fu & Tai Chi. I've been a student for almost a year now and pretty much have only been taught the basics. Its my understanding that you will only be shown the "good stuff" after you have put your time in.