And the phone rings. It's a prospective student. He asks some questions, time, place, cost, etc. And then he asks, "Do you think Aikido is really an effective martial art?"
The answer must have burned a bit.
"No, I do it because it's a complete waste of time. I know there's other, better, martial arts. I know I could be studying something worthwhile, something that would further my spiritual development, be effective in a fight, make me a better person, but I decided almost two decades ago that I really wanted to waste as much of my life as possible doing something completely worthless."I hope he thinks about that question and realizes how it came across. I hope he found us from this website and comes back and reads this post. I hope he decides to come visit the dojo and give Aikido a try. It's not an easy art to learn, but whatever else it may be, I assure you it is not a waste of time.