I am sorry, maybe I'm just stupid, but I don' t see what the quote is, you arer writing about?
What did Kiichi actually say?
Even without getting this, I am deeply convinced that "the things that Ueshiba did, ... were very very old"!
I must be getting very very old - or I shouldn't be posting late at night. Anyway, I added the text of the actual quotation.
What I was hinting at there was that Aikido has traditionally been presented as Something New, a kind of phase change from the past martial arts.
It has also been presented as Something Unique, a different kind of training from all other martial arts.
Morihei Ueshiba encouraged these ideas, I think, as did the people after him.
This post starts to look at some of the things (and there is a lot more) that makes me examine the above ideas more closely.