I sometimes wonder why martial art students give up in big numbers.
Although there is a long list of “good” reasons” to do so, it is very significant that in the martial arts the amount of people they give up at some point is different to any other field. I believe this is because it is something very special to follow this goal towards a black belt. Or just learn good self discipline and good self defence skills.
In our local school Ichinen Bridport it is very much the same. People come and go. I believe only those they some kind “chosen” stay and continue training.
(Photo taken by Grandmaster Horst D. Lindenau near N.Y city / USA)