Mario Jones wrote:
I think it's a shame that seven and a half hours is above average. More people would be more proficient in Aikido if they trained more seriously. I wish most Aikido dojos gave you the option of training 14 hours a week.
Perspectives tend to change when you have children and a busy job. I have more respect for someone with three kids and two jobs who trains four and a half hours a week (an actual example) than for some teen or near teen who trains fourteen. The number of hours alone has very little to do with how seriously a person trains.