I’m good swapping Sparring and Rambasa on T1 and T2.
Mind Parry Monk feels more like a counter play to me. I’ve played against opponents where they’re not targeting my stuff (Blue, without Boot Camp, Arrest, or Hallucination). For a Beginner, I think Vigor Adept might be a better call, as it’s a really efficient body with Readiness, so good for offense and defense.
Maybe this compromise?
T1) Sparring Partner, Bird’s Nest
T2) Entangling Vines, Rambasa Twin
T3) Young Lightning Dragon, Vigor Adept
T4) Training Grounds, either Young Lightning Dragon or Mind-Parry Monk
T5) Whatever you didn’t pick from T4, and Earthquake or Fox’s Den Students based on which one you think you can cast.