Expert Class then?
I know the series is titles Disciple, but I hate seeing Kenichi take on "fodder" characters when the main "bad guys" are still wrecking the place. I always think back to the time when Ryouzanpaku was going against Yami and Sasaki told Kenichi that he would join them eventually(or something similar). How awesome would it be for him to fight alongside his masters and make a true contribution.
I get that Masters vs Disciples are wrong and thus unlikely to happen unless the person is crazy like Silcardo, but it also means that the masters are so far ahead that its an impossible for a disciple to do something if the fight goes south.
As a new reader I can't help but hope for a time skip to allow a power increase, but I'd like to hear from longtime readers if this timeskip would kill the series or if it would make it better.