...Fact is Osensei continued to evolve Aikido his whole life, ...How did he do that? By competing. He improved on techniques that didn't work in combat.
Citations please. From all I've been able to garner most of Ueshiba's challanges were of the "grab me here, push me there see I don't move but watch me throw you" variety. I'm not saying you're wrong Clarence but I'd like you to cite some specific instances where Ueshiba honed his Aikido technique in actual combat.