Thanks Dan, your post explains a lot.
Based on my own experiences training and talking with a Daito-ryu practitioner, I think most of what you're describing sounds very much like Daito Ryu 101.
Let me think. I've only been saying that for... oh I dunno... 12 years. Where do ya think I got it from?
The real issue is
a. Finding those who can -actually- do it.
b. Finding those who will -actually- teach you -HOW- to do it.
c. Learning how to actually use it -freestyle- against everyone and anyone-outside.... of Daito ryu