Re: new topic on training.
I agree with all above. Aikido is so much muscle memory, connection, and feel that you need partners to truly learn techniques. I do know that I used to read a lot of books before I started study and they did help with the mental side of things. One thing I was able to pick up from books was basic ukemi. I had some experience with karate but the books helped a great deal. Now of course there are a lot of good ukemi videos.