Re: formal "class" as a supplement to keiko?
thanks for your comment--that's exactly what i had in mind when i started thinking about this.
For example, there's another thread right now called "dissatisfied with dojo's training style" or something rather, and the author is a newbee who appears frustrated precisely because upon embarking on an aikido journey, they find themselves overwhelmed with the amount of information they must take in and process, versus the way the dissemination of this info is facilitated (i.e. there is a lot to 'intellectualize' and understand, but they feel pressure from an expectation that they should be picking it all up right then and there and transforming it into competent physical technique on the mat).
perhaps the kind of class im talking about would be best for beginners, who commonly get overwhelmed by this.