Re: formal "class" as a supplement to keiko?
Seems to me, as we discuss a "way" that values both -jutsu and -do, there will be shut-up-and-train application, lectures, books, dialogues, videos, silent uchi deshi, loquacious sempai, conferences combining all of the above, arguments of a more and less useful nature, and the question remains how to do all of this well and in balance so "aiki" is served in all.
My question is not "should we talk?" but "in what ways do we practice the use of words such that we are more flexible and ethically powerful martial artists dedicated to the arts of peace?"
At Aikido of Berkeley we move much more than we talk, on the mat, and have community circles with food and conversation at least every week, after classes.