Re: For whom the mat calls..
being in West TX we seem to attract our air share of blue collar working class folks ( as am I).
but overall a fairly high percentage of the "stayers" are people who think deeply and enjoy the incremental advances one makes through time on the mat.
The " I wanna kick some ass" crowd tend to flake away before they can actually gain any real martial benefits from using their center as opposed to muscle.
A more subtle art seems to attract a modicum of subtlety in the student.