though I think I haven't done enough weapons practise such that it comes as natually as my empty handed technique. [/b]
I think that's why I brought it up, because I'm in the same situation, as are a lot of people I'm sure. Until last September, we did weapons maybe once every two months where I train. (Now it's weekly..) I think it's perhaps neglected by some people- I've met people who've done at least two years of Aikido before they ever laid hands on a bokken.
So, for the sake of discussion, does anybody think weapons are UNnecessary?