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Old 05-01-2001, 09:28 AM   #6
Location: Los Angeles
Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 59
I think that for the most part, the quality of the art lineage depends mainly on the practitioner. I am quite sure that many sensei feel financial pressure to keep and maintain
students and reduce turnover. It is not the BEST of situations, but a reality if a person opens a dojo with the intent of making a profit or living from it. It would seem that of the many people who undertake any martial art, drop out rates are pretty high. I would not necessarily say that this reflects on Aikido itself, but more of a social issue. If we are honest, patience is not something Americans are famous for.
I feel that in any given issue, developing patience is what will truly make a serious student rather than what I see is very common today with many people "cross training" with dabblings in a large variety of arts.

-When two blades cross points,
There's no need to withdraw.
The master swordsman
Is like the lotus blooming in the fire.
Such a person has inside of them
A heaven soaring spirit.
- Tozan Ryokan
4th verse on the 5 ranks
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