Re: What should I be prepared for when starting?
Expect alot of mild scrapes on your toes and the tops of your feet as you learn the mat is your friend. Those areas tend to be softer and not used to alot of contact with course materials
Expect your backside and gluts to ache as you will be using them alot.
You arent holding anyone back, so seek your senior students. Aikido practice is a learning experience for both partners regardless of rank differences.