Now, I am just a beginner, but as far as the sword goes, don't Musashi and Saotome Shihan teach the two sword style, so that there is plenty of encouragement for the left-handed style (I know this is different than using left-handed grips during traditional right-handed practice)? Couldn't this concept be justly applied to the jo? Maybe this is moving away from pure Aikido.
"In single combat, we can confuse the enemy by attacking with varied techniques when the chance arises." - Miyamoto Musashi in Go Rin No sho