Are standards going north or south?
I have a question regarding standards. Does each generation of students in aikido (or any martial art for that matter) get a little worse or a little better than the preceeding one? Are standards going north or south?
Does an art (especially aikido) generally get watered down or does it get better/stronger with each generation? And what contributes to the solution or the problem? Rigorous training, competition, the almighty dollar, easy promotions/difficult promotions, the country where you train, the style that you train in, etc.
Difficult question isn't it?