Re: Regrading grabs in Aikido...
We have one teacher who likes to try different throws on our beginners' classes. One night he taught ushiro kubejime sankyo to a couple of people who'd been training maybe three weeks. It made for a really interesting class, because this is an upsetting attack no matter how slowly you do it. The students got to explore the difference between a panicky reaction to the choke and a calm one. I think it brought home the "calmness is essential" message very strongly. It's normally a second-kyu technique for us, but maybe we should teach it earlier.