I've been taking Aikido for about 6 weeks now, and I have to say my first impression of it was that they would go slow and easy on me since I'm a novice. Wrong! Everyone there was either 4th of 5th cue (blue and yellow belts) besides my friend and I (He will be a yellow belt around January and I have no rank). So obviously they went a little slow at first, but started picking up speed like one of those gay sports cars without a roof. It was challenging and I prevailed slower than most, and somehow I pulled through. So far the most difficult part of class is stretching because there are so many of them. Especially the backwards rolls (I still a little edgey on names). Can you belive it took me 6 weeks to execute them all by memory! Here's what I can do now. Four wrist stretches, 3 ab stretches, a forward roll (left and right side) correctly, a backward roll (left side correctly), 2 combos techniques, and how to fall without busting your head open. Not to mention how to put a gee on (the belt was a little tricky at first, but now I know you have to do 2 knots, not just one). I'm really excited because next week I get to start going to adult classes, which will be even harder, but I'm determined to prevail onward. By now you notice I have no talent at all. So does anyone have any tricks to make my rolls easier? Maybe something that helped you?