Originally posted by andrew
I think there are still probably as many people or more as in the past who study MA fulltime.
With reference to the 99% of people in the normal walks of life, the standard of aikido accross a country will be very much dependant on the number of Shihan available over a lengthy period. (20+ years) So, for instance, remove all th Shihan from the US or France or Italy or wherever and the general standard will be lower in ten years time as newer students won't have had the same kind of access to the very best teachers.
KAMI : Hello, Andrew! I suppose, from your post, that you are talking about japanese Shihan. If so, what will happen when they all are gone? Aikido will get downhill? Or not?
I'm really curious to understand correctly what you are expressing...