I'm also very new to Aikido (4 months) and I've found it invaluable to go over the basic form of the movements of what we've covered in class, outside of class. If I lived with someone who was interested in Aikido, I'd practice with them, no question about it. But my fiance just gives me a whithering stare when I say "honey, grab my wrist!"
So maybe for beginners it is
helpful to practice alone to at least get our bodies used to the flow of the techniques as a supplement to on-the-mat training.
[Edited by NYFE Man on April 3, 2001 at 01:28pm]