There's a lot to be said abt intoducing a once a month contact improv class to the aikido curriculum, no?
Ummm ... I would be for it, but I think a lot of people would have a hard time making the connection. One thing I do think, though, that relates to this thread:
Contact Improv -- and dance, in general -- seems to do a better job of communicating the balance between self-interest and collaboration that make training fun and productive. I think this is because in Aikido we have a harder time separating our purposes and goals from the purposes and goals of the uke and nage roles that we inhabit. The roles we 'inhabit' in dance are less purpose-filled and so our own needs and desires come more easily to the fore.