Re: Dedication and Skill Level
If you have attended Master Saotome's classes or seminar, you must have heard a Japanese word "heijoshin". It means on the mat off the mat you must be thinking as if you are on the same training ground. If you think yourself that you are practicing Aikido when you are not on the mat, you could make yourself training for Aikido 7 days a week 24 hours a day. That's a lot of Aikido training. I know a Sensei, his name is Yamane sensei also happend to be a high school "Kohai" of Sotome shihan, who has been working full time but he teaches Aikido on Sundays - that's dedication. Needless to say he is a "Honmono".