Moses Jenkins wrote:
I guess what I am trying to ask is this, our these conversations opening the door or are they to get everyone on the same page?
Functionally, these things are the beginning of getting there. It's just the start... and that doesn't work if a person doesn't put out persistent effort. In terms of "everyone on the same page", it will never happen. Most people are not really interested in Aikido or the other arts that much, Moses. These kinds of talks are generally meant for a small faction, but the good thing is that it's usually a faction of pretty neat people who are really interested in martial arts for the sake of martial arts.