Lynn Seiser wrote:
IMHO, since mediocrity comes from moderate, meaning average between extremes, then yes, all cultures tend towards martial mediocrity. Especially since only a small portion of the culture practice martial arts to begin with.There are many soldiers, only a few great warriors. But generalizations stop there.
The question isn't are we tending towards or accepting a culture of martial mediocrity in Aikido, but are you personally going for excellence in your training.
This is more or less what I was going to say. It's not a new problem - Miyamoto Musashi complained about exactly the same kind of thing 400 years ago. The fact is, if you look at any large group of people they're probably going to follow your standard bell curve in terms of skill. There's nothing wrong with that, that's just pretty much the way that it is. Most people are just never going to be Morihei Ueshiba, Kenji Tomiki, or Gozo Shioda. That's not really a problem, IMO, not being Tiger Woods doesn't stop me from enjoyinga good game of golf.