Our Dojo has a tremendous social side. We go out for a few beers after class, there are social events scheduled throughout the year, parties for anniversaries and birthdays etc. The atmosphere was commented on just last night by three RAF guys from a sattelite club. They'll definitely make the effort to drive to Coventry from York again. The social cohesion within the Dojo helps with "Aikido widowhood" as well. If your wife/ husband/partner does not do Aikido, it's nice for them to meet the people you talk about all the time!