I do wonder how this will turn out in the long run for the ones who only take the aikido classes. Will they see a gap occur, body skill wise, with their fellow trainees who do take part in the IT classes? How will they cope with that? Exciting times, I think, but then I'm already beyond saving....
All things being equal they will lose...period. There is no way to be polite about it. If you train Ueshiba's aiki correctly, no one from Aikido™ will be able to deal with you. So for those students opting out...it's only a matter of time before they are helpless to stop those training aiki. Aikido™ will always fail against the way of aiki (O sensei's aiki...do). It cannot be avoided.