Re: Sword work, internal skill, & "Aiki"
Perhaps "internal skill/Aiki" and flowing and blending aren't mutually exclusive.
Perhaps the flowing and blending that can take place when one has "internal skill/Aiki" is different than the flowing and blending that folks do without "internal skill/Aiki." This would explain the varying results achieved, the disparity of experience, and the difficulty and confusion in communication.
Perhaps this could be true for both armed and un-armed circumstances seeing as a weapon most likely has no inherent "internal skill/Aiki" or "flowing/blending" contained within it.
Something more to think about anyway . . .