I have to disagree on some level. I think there is a big upsurge in people interested and training in the sword arts, especially JSA. Now that there are more bulletin boards like "The Sword Forum", and "E-Budo" and this one, more people have access to information such as teachers and study groups than they ever could. It is easier to find groups to train with even though sword ownership has been restricted in some areas. Even in smaller town there are MA schools and lots of them teach weapons. Not to say there are lots that dont know what they are doing but I am sure the same is true in most martial arts. If you check previous posts on these forums you will see many people wanting to train alone with books or videos (dont get me on my soapbox about this). That is how starved people are for information and instructions.