It's been a while since I posted so here is what's been shaking lately:
Class is now three days a week, same time same place. The last class we had was a one on with one of my students. The focus of the class ended up being patience. Tori needs to wait for uke's movements using tori's arms as a "curb feeler". Uke will clue you into what he's planning to do far enough in advance to make the necessary counter movements. It was a pretty cool class and I hope to work on that some more with the others.
The unbendable arm position we use to block an attack makes the perfect "spring" between us and uke. It comes up alot in nijusan/junana and is a really important aspect of aikido (in my opinion). Maybe if i give the white belts more practice with it they'll turn into unstoppable aikidoka by the time they reach shodan.
Also, it's still a crazy foreign concept to think of anyone as MY student. Yet there it is i guess.