Re: Hungry for Aikido
I see two separate issues here. One is the rate of "hard core students" not increasing even though the overall number of students has increased. The other is about training outside one's "circle." When I was at the Aikikai Honbu, it was basically the non-Japanese who trained everyday regardless of instructor. We thought we were being "hardcore", but for some of us, it interferred with our progress as we were too busy doing "Aikido" and not learning what one specific teacher was teaching. It could be an "us vs. them" mentality that keeps people from training with various teachers or it could be that some are looking for a kind of transmission from one specific teacher. This, I feel, is the Japanese way. That is not to say that it is better (although I now kind of lean that way.) If a person has found their "teacher" and that teacher has limited classes, I don't think it is necessarily a good idea for the student to go to another dojo the other days of the week.