Originally posted by Greg Jennings
But then again, I'm just a country aikido-ist struggling to do his best here in a very martial-arts sparse region and shouldn't really be suggesting anything to anyone.
Oh, same here. I was condensing what I remember of a chapter from a book on Jodo by a guy with a menkyo kaiden in it called Pascal Krieger, and the chapter was twenty or thirty pages of detailed writing. If I remembered the name of the book, I'd recommend it, but I don't.
My point is, perhaps, that the actual (quality of the individual) steps you do during a kata are more important than which steps are included in the kata... em, on paper, as it were.