How many people do you know who "did" a martial art? There is a difference between "doing" a martial art, and committing to a martial art. There is a difference between "fitting in" a martial art in your weekly schedule of work, errands, exercise and pleasure time and committing to a martial lifestyle. In fact, only a small percentage of individuals who train in a martial art commit to that martial art. Most students participate in an art for a time then become interested in something else. Before you begin training in any martial art, first ask yourself three questions: Am I willing to train regularly? Am I willing to seek training outside of the dojo? Am I willing to commit to a period of study? The path to becoming a warrior begins with affirmatively answering these questions.
While this may seem a daunting thought, it is important that students, both new and old, periodically assess their expectations against the reality of their situation. It also is important that students prioritize their trainin to match their expectations. Sometimes this means changing their free time periods, or saving money, or sacrificing tickets to the big game; however, students must recognize that if aikido does not fit into their life, they will endure a constant battle to persevere in their training.