Thanks for the insight! I understand there to be a few "basic techniques", but at this point in my pursuit of aikido, they still seem numerous. We typically have a rondori at the end of each class as a means for the participants to demonstrate their understanding of the techniques and variations. This is where I get the most frustrated as I repeat the same thing over and over, not showing a grasp (no pun intended) of the day's teachings.
Thanks again for your assistance.
Carry Tiger (a tai chi posture actually called "carry tiger to mountain")