I'm about as beginning a beginner as you'll find on here: I first went to the dojo about six weeks ago.
My sensei seems to tend more toward the philosophical bent, but that doesn't keep me from being incredibly tired and sore after a class session.
Also, I'm a pretty extreme example of an INTP personality, and believe right down to my very core that if the design/plan/theory is correct the rest will follow.
I've been kind of amazed: I've always been kind of slow picking up new physical skills, and I'm GETTING it! The last month I've been sounding about like a born again aikidoka telling EVERYONE how cool it is