Re: looking for feedback
John Stevens has a great book on Tesshu (Master Swordsman or something like that). His students had to do just the basic cut for 3 years before any other training. I feel for aikido the basic sword cut (and moving off centre line) is the most important motion you can train your body in and just doing this every day for 2-3 years would be worth many many aikido courses.
I always get beginners to do simple bokken work ASAP as it produces an enormous improvement in ability.