Re: Culture of Martial Mediocrity?
I did Judo for a fair while and one important thing I noticed was that, while I could play with a beginner like a baby, after just a few months, the average fit guy gets himself centred and becomes noticably more difficult to deal with. They wise up very quickly indeed. I am not saying they are experts by any means, just that they improve a lot in a short space of time. I don't see this in Aikido - it takes a lot longer before you notice that first jump in ability (not related to gradings at all, by the way).