Re: Aikido survivors (Voices of Experience)
It's the same way with any art.
I played percussion for 7 years. I thought i would do it forever when i started. But honestly. I haven't even touched a drumstick since I got out of highschool.
Obviously no one has to commit to aikido for life. If everyone did we'd have hundreds if not thousands of shihan out there (hey, you can't do something for 40 years and not become somewhat competant at it)
A dojo is lucky if they keep 10% of all the people that walk in the door for more than three months. I tend to think that if enough genuine desire to get better is there, and the instructor is good, a person will stay on for a while.