Re: Questions after first day of training in Aikido
The only piece in the original post that made my eyebrows go up was the bruising on the shoulders, which I would guess was handled in earlier responses as the vitamin deficiency. Sounds plausible.
My ... concern .. if it is such, would be for the ukemi, as another earlier poster said. I'd be wondering if ukemi is actually "taught," or just demonstrated in the silent way of some schools.
In my opinion, and this is just my opinion, that's a dangerous way to do things. From a totally selfish point of view, a student who could be the next "Wow! Look at how good that guy/gal is!" person gets broken in their first couple of months of aikido practice, and never comes back. No good.
But, that doesn't look like it happened here, so Bully for you!