Larry Camejo wrote:
Again, this is something that I have experienced across the range of Aikido, and in other martial arts as well, one has no gender in MA training
I have experienced very differently. What you say is the ideal, but in my experience not the truth. Males constantly trying to teach females is soooo common, even when you outrank them by far. One gets extremely tired of it.
Of course I have only experienced so-and-so many dojos, and what I have seen regarding age and gender distribution versus training specifics might be coincidence. I agree with Peter that the main instructor(s) is a main source of training atmosphere, but do not think it is the only one.