Si Wilson wrote:
There is nothing wrong with making money, but there is with trashing the martial art in the process. I would hate to see an Aikido McDojo, and hope I never do.
There is also nothing wrong with not making money, but there is with trashing the martial art in the process.
The other thing is that it is unfair to say that Aikido teachers who have another job and don't make their living from Aikido, don't do Aikido full-time. There are Aikido teachers who make their living from Aikido who don't do it full-time!
Some martial arts teachers who have taken it on as their business have said to me that they train less because of it. Running the business gets in the way of their practice. I also know Aikidoka who train every day, but have a day job. I have been there and still am, although not all my training is in the dojo. There is mental and physical practice, as well as solo and partnered.
I think it is more the question do you live your martial art than do you make a living from it.