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Aikido gets romanticized more often than not. Part of the mystic Aikido is more attractive being romanticized. How appealing is Aikido if described as years of singled minded hard work, sacrifice and training. Where you spend hours sweating and bleeding (figuratively), tending to more failure than success. Pushing yourself to go to class week after week, year after year, well after the Honeymoon being over. Then coughing up the money month after month, year after year, is a great financial investment. On top of balancing work, family and Aikido over many years, trying to harmonize that as well is a very critical technique to be learned. Keeping up that kind of motivation and commitment isn't at all appealing. Especially if you'er teaching, that compounds the issues.
Many things in life are presented romantically making the subject more appealing than what it really is. People have come accustom to romanticism. Turned off to anything that isn't laid out to be more appealing, suffers from lack of popularity.
Too much of a good thing isn't good. Aikido bared faced, natural, absent of make up isn't all that pretty. Attractiveness to catch people's attention is important. Going over board is what gets you into trouble. The expectations become way too high, exaggeration gets out of hand, and the truth gets lost.
I found this out early on, use romanticism lightly. Give people a fair and honest assessment with a dash of romanticism to perk their interest, or motivation. Just in the right measure to keep the creative imaginative side of our brains occupied. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. A means of motivation may keep the interest up. Too much romanticism causes the loss of credibility. Instead of creating interest, an flood gate for rightful criticism opens up destroying everything.
By now you have realized there are no tips for improving your sex life with Aikido. I hope no one is disappointed. It is clear that sex was a metaphor and play on words for romanticism. The caveat and more here is like in Aikido is applying the right amount of principle to get the job done. If a dojo relays too much on romanticism it fails. Not enough it also fails. I have seen it many times like many others have. Aikido is a great art. An amazing art. It doesn't need to be over romanticized, does it? No. Just a sprinkle here and there, like good make- up enhancing the important features without looking unnatural.