P.S. I also think ukemis at the start are a major reason for people leaving - people either think they are stupid looking or dangerous. Females will hate me for saying this, but it mostly seems to be women that don't like doing ukemis. Any suggestions to remedy this would be greatly received.
Absoloutely true- a lot of people do leave because of that.
I see what you're trying to say about some women who take it up, but it's far too complex to sum up in a sentence like that.