Re: extension and ma-ai
My Dojo has classes 2 times a week, but Aikido is in my head all the time. I'm trying to learn to slow down and let my learning happen on the mat, but it's easier said than done.
I did realize from reading this, that even my basic concept of linking the two was wrong. I was letting my extension AND my ma-ai both be compromised, but it is entirely possible to compromise either of them separately as well, and I suppose it was a false construct to begin with.
Either way, I'll endeavor to have the control to slow down, keep it on the mat, and let the lessons come at their own speed. Tough to do, but it sounds like a worthy goal.