It doesn't take great skill to beat the crap out of someone, with or without a stick. What most VTGs think is a "fight", is nothing more than a sport in which blows are traded. A real fight has more to do with being prepared to kill or be killed. It doesn't require anything more than the intent and desire to maim, disable or kill someone. IM(NSH)E.
Besides, stick fighting sounds more like escrima to me than aikido.... which has nothing to do with this topic.