Later as we see how many people really do invest in their time to train a style they love, it comes to a point in life that things change, and so does the time and investment of the training. For those are out of practice due to not training with a school from a professional instructor, or for those who can’t afford to continue classes due to economics and the cost for monthly fees, and for those who experience things in life that are out of their control.
Of course joining a school you not only get to train with those of your ability and experience, or gain different perspectives of certain abilities to regain or renew different skills, to even get an exposure of just being able to train at a martial arts school, does have its benefits. But knowing that there are things in life that do change, so does our life style and/or our plans what we may have invested in. As with any other organization, or school, to even a training program, it does cost money, unfortunately. For the instructor to make a living, to pay for the building and bills of the school, to even have to purchase merchandises for students to train and become proficient in a school. For some martial art organization, its about paying certified and qualified instructors to teach and give private lessons, when the instructor is focused on the other side of the business, other than teaching. Martial Arts is not cheap, and its not free, and so it does cost money to invest and put your time, into what you are paying a monthly fee, to even the belt examinations from white belt, to black belt and beyond.
While there are changes in an individuals life, that does not necessarily mean, that what they learned in the school, has been in vain or a waste of time, other than they train at home, and continue to work their body to stay in shape, and even go to the gym and work out. The Martial Arts first purpose is really learn how to defend oneself when a violent situation comes to a point in a persons life to protect themselves. For those who have earned a black belt, it all now how you apply to those skills you learned from the school, for your every day beneficial life, of even to stay in shape of what you learned in those skills of that art. It never ends, unless you decide that it is over, and not continue to practice to even the basics of what has been learned in class. It is a forever experience and it is only limited to only by ones imagination. But once you stop, so does the art, and the training, and what you learned you will eventually forget or lose skills. Martial Arts is forever and it never ends. But how you put your time into that skill to even a simple basic punch to a kick and/or a grappling move, it will all depend how you learn from those experiences.
Remember Martial-Arts has been developed for thousands of years. So it is here to stay. Now it all depends what you learned, what you apply, and what you practice on your own. Once it is time for you to return to that style, of that organization, or to the same instructor, and if you train diligently, it will later pay off, as if you never left the school or the style. It all now depends how you train the body to stay in shape, to remember the moves and the forms, to even the self defense drills you learn, and it will show the instructor that you do have the skills you left the school when things in life has changed your timing to continue training.