Re: Aikido Free Mat Time
I typically tell students at our dojo that it is their responsibility to grab another student, usually a senior, and work before and after class and practice on their own.
I think there is a difference between learning and practice, and both are important in improving a skill. Sometimes scheduled clsses are practices with a teacher monitoring, but most of my classes are principles being presented which need to be practiced further outside of the structure between bowing in and bowing out.
I think that the students who improve the most are the ones who take personal resposibility for their learning and training and seek opportunities outside the realm of structured classes to learn as well as in the classes.