Why does it always have to be a zero sum premise is what I want to know....Both approaches have good and bad paradigms...
In nature it's all about sorting adapting and blending "approaches" to "life"... I think they call it "evolution".
IMHO who's to say O'Sensei did not want Aikido to emulate nature and evolve?
No ones running around with Samurai Swords ready to cut down evildoers at a moments notice these days.
Right, "evolution", "progression", "adapting", "blending"--all of which the Japanese method is incapable of doing.