First of all, I want to preemptively thank anyone who can provide a little perspective on my situation from the point of view of someone who has trained in martial arts before; your advice will be invaluable. That being said, I am someone who has always wanted to take up a martial art. For a long time, the martial art that has seemed best suited to the type of movement that comes most naturally to me is Aikido, though lately, I've been looking at the very different style of Kendo (though, intriguingly, and unrelated to my interest in either of them, they are, I understand, both Japanese styles based on swordsmanship.) I am absolutely certain that, could I begin, I would not stop. But I do have a predicament. I lead a very busy lifestyle. I am a full time student, a full time worker, and I volunteer in a lab. I took into consideration the length of my classes, the length of my travel, the time it would take me to sleep, and every other conceivable borrower of my time, and it looks like, honestly, I can only put eight hours a week into training. This is not a reflection of my commitment. If I could only have more hours in my week, I would have no problem putting them toward training. But that's how it goes. So my question is, not only can it be done on such a limited schedule, /should/ it be done? Is that simply too little an amount of time to commit weekly to getting better? I have no problem with the long haul. I know it could be months, maybe significantly longer, given my schedule, before I even get passed the basics. So that's not my issue. But what I am curious about is if I would really benefit at all from doing that, and could I conceivably, with many years under my 'belt' (sorry, no pun intended), learn the martial art in appreciable way (not becoming a master or an expert, of course, but still something embodying kaizen)? I hope that this question is not worded too vaguely. My goals are kind of nebulous, in that I would be happy just to see gradual improvement, wherever that might take me. But I hope that I've kind of pinned them down into the least esoteric possible terms so that the heart of my question is clear. That all being said, thanks again to anyone who can offer me some insight into my problem.