Ian - Conclusions?
I TRY not to draw any but...
My thought in starting this thread was because I know for some, aikido is the end all. Aikido is all they do.
While aikido has become my primary focus, I find that on a fitness level it does very little for me. I also like to retain what I learned from the hard styles that I studied.
So I was questioning whether this is something of a modern trend or social trend. I think people are becoming not only more fitness savvy, but also martial savvy and realize that because of the pace of our lifestyles or cultures we are not in the dojo for 6 hours a day or more, which in the past may have been a more rigorous training and took care of all those other things we now seek in other arts, sports, etc.