Thanks for the info
Thanks guys and gals. When I started in Aikido, there were fourteen in my beginners "group", by the time Shodan came around there was just me. Some did drop out because Aikido does hurt and we do the same thing over and over again, but these guys dropped out early. It's the people who are at second and first kyu that drop out that I find hard to explain. By the time you've got there, there are (or should be ) no surprises, you've taken hard training and a few knocks, you can almost see that hakama beckoning and then you drop out. Just seems very strange to me. Anyway what does everyone else think?