Re: Another New Student
Great read, great exchange! You showed some real sensitivity in understanding his desire not to touch, or be touched. This is the kind of stuff that martial arts training is all about.
Anyone who would say you're are diluting the Aikido practice, or "baby sitting" does not understand what we are really doing. All of us have our limits, as you said. Very few of us are interested in fighting with live blades, or taking serious risks in order to train. Just like "Fred", we are all testing the water, and trying to challenge ourselves to see the next step.
Great article, thanks for sharing.