George S. Ledyard
Most of the people running dojos out there did not spend fifteen or more years training directly with a Shihan level teacher.
If we question aikido as done by those type of people, why would one accept the words on aikido from those who are not Shihans, teachers, have their own dojos, or have spent 15 or more years, in aikido? Especially when they are claiming that their things are the basis for aikido (not to mention a whole ton of other martial arts) ?
Because they can do impressive static drills/tricks?