Hope it will be you and I one day soon, Graham!! thanks again for sending Mark my way... lol, despite his currently manifesting dilemma... ha!
I hope so too.
Do I see an Aikilab Mark 2 in Bristol? Mmmmmm.
Liked your story of the youngster. Kids can be so natural.There are always some people who appear and amaze you. We used to have a lady come and watch as her boyfriend was quite good and was thus given more responsibility for teaching.
I never interfered or said anything but noticed when the guy was having a hard time getting through to a student she would slip off her shoes, step on the mat, take the student and put them down and then say "that's what he's asking you to do" then go back a resume watching.
Oh, and liked your description of your experience with Mary Heiny too. Nice.