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There's a slow motion exercise I came across to learn reversals or counters which I found very interesting. It involved continual contact with nage executing a technique keeping contact at all times and executing the technique in a very flowing way and not quite ended it. For example there is no actual throw or pin but the movement stops before that point is reached and the uke then turns into nage and executes a move that counters or reverses or just whatever move that would flow naturally from that point. It takes a bit of getting used to but I realised it's kind of a preliminary exercise to figuring out openings and what movements might naturally counter a particular aikido technique. And it's a way of learning it quite gently.