Popularity rises and falls but interesting point.
I always understood that sports with a professional component do better membership wise since they are in the public eye. Then again, I religiously avoid "popular" sports - I like to be relatively unique. Maybe from a martial arts perspective I am not so unique after all.
By the way wasn't Judo a sport during the 1980s?
Originally posted by mj
Actually, if you are taking Judo as an example, worldwide membership dropped from its peak of 12 million in the 1980's, when it was at its most popular, to under 4 million in the late 90's, after sponsorship based competition and 'payed' Judo came more powerfully into being. There are a lot less clubs now, after it became a 'sport'. The same would happen in aikido.
I haven't read all the posts on this thread, so forgive me if I've repeated what someone else has said.