I'm back from aikido camp. It was lots of fun--a forging experience. I'm trying to isolate the things that identify those forging experiences (like boot camp): sleep being both insufficient and unsatisfying, lots of taxing physical effort, lack of personal time. It got damned hot after Tuesday, and starting Friday morning the sore muscle in my back hardened to a nasty little knot which is now yanking on various other muscles. Hey, it happens.
It's an interesting strain on relationships.
So I learned a lot, only some of which was related to aikido.
There are two kinds of aikido that I talk about. On the one hand, aikido is a martial art whose focus is peaceful resolution of conflict without anyone getting hurt.