Re: For whom the mat calls..
Sensei and I were just talking about this the other night. I was saying how happy I am to teach aikido in a community college because we get a more diverse crowd. Right now our dojo's average age of members is well over 40, most are middle class or upper middle class, and most are very educated. And yes, all are nice folks and quite a few do IT. At the college, I have young and old, from more diverse backgrounds. Interestingly enough, quite a few come because they like anime and are interested in Japanese culture.