Re: Should I get in better shape before starting?
Doesn't matter. Unless you regularly do aikido, you won't be in 'aikido shape.' Its just such a unique set of movement patterns - all the getting up and down, and rolling, its just not going to be natural for you…thus seeming more extraneous than it is. Same goes for swimming, grappling, boxing, etc. Just jump in and do it. The worst that can happen is you'll be uncomfortable for the first few weeks, and there's nothing wrong with that! Have fun!