I love battojutsu.
It is a simple, elegant art.
Aiki battojutsu adds another dimension of the sublime to this.
This is why I try to avoid teaching beginners at all cost.
Image an exquisite sumi e piece. Just a few basic strokes capturing the essence of the subject; perfection rendered in minimalist movement; nothing wasted; nothing lost.
Now ask a bunch of preschoolers to try and reproduce that art work with finger painting, their choice of colours.
This is what it is like teaching beginners aiki battojutsu.