Re: Perhaps the tide is changing.
Your regular Aikido students not hanging around after class and being friendly with each other is more a function on them and not on you. That is something they will have to figure out for themselves. I find it strange though.
As far as the self defense class, people already understand what it is and what they most likely will be doing just from the title. The word Aikido to them just doesn't register. As far as they know, it could be some type of yoga.. We will always have this problem with our preferred art.