In Iain's podcast 'the martial map' he broke down practice into 3 groups, practice for /self defence, practice for sport, and practice for arts/tradition.
My apologies if those are not the specific terms used. however, i hope i have the terms largely corrcet.
in your experience, what would you say are the percentages of each? is it a straight 3 way split or are there bias? and does the bias change from coutnry to country?
i think from my own point of view, in years past the practices were largely either Art or Sport with sport taking the edge. In more recent years with a greater interest being taken in self protection and applied martial arts i would think there has been a percentage shift. from what i can see in my current situation the sport and self defence areas of the martial arts are taking a larger part of the population than the 'art' practioners.
However, maybe my view is bias in a sort of, once you buy a green Ford, then everyone else seems to be driving a green Ford sort of thing.
i wouls be intereste dot hear other people's ideas