I find it strange how Ueshiba sometimes denied his considerable conventional strength.
I think he loved tricking and surprising people.
I think this led to much confusion about his physical abilities.
Just my opinions.
Or maybe he thought about it in two different ways? As some accounts have noted, when he first met Takeda, he was physically strong. But all of his physical strength and all of his prior martial arts training gained him exactly nothing against Takeda. Takeda had a different kind of strength. I think after he trained with Takeda, Ueshiba gained that different kind of strength. And that is where the confusion starts for those reading about Ueshiba.