It’s amazing when friends used to tell me if I would open a school near their home they’d sign up immediately (that's how Olympic champions are born, ha, ha)! One student ran into friends when we were setting up the new school. They were excited about the place about what it had to offer and were even more excited the fact they were living across the road. Needless to say, we did not hear from them. That resembles some of the people who have been living, all their lives, below the famous historical landmark of Greece (Parthenon) and have never visited it! I feel sorry for these people.
Sacrificing a little time, effort and travel is an indication of how much you really want something. It makes it more challenging because of the little sacrifices you have to make.
The martial arts are constantly growing because of the many of the many valuable components associated with them. Parents have become aware their children should, at some stage, train in the martial arts. The kids today are lucky because the parents support them. My time as a kid was difficult because our parents did not know much about the martial arts so the support was not there. Each time I got graded I had to run out and buy dye to change the colour of my belt because that was the best I could do at the time.
I had to sacrifice a lot of time, travel and effort in order to get I wanted. Travel involved 2 buses and a 2 kilometre walk, which took about 1.5 hours each way just to do one training session. Nowadays, people complain they might get wet from the carpark to the school only a few metres away. It is hard for me to understand that when I think of the 'good old days'.