Yes, that is what I am saying. Those students became proficient in their skills, even if the Founder held back information. As easy as it is to look just at his post-war students, his pre-war students also where very skilled. The basal separation of each group is in the Founder's change of philosophy that has nothing to do with him holding or not holding back information. Whether post or pre war students those who are well known and responsible for spreading Aikido where the top of the class. No one in their right mind wouldn't put their best students forward.
Well, that's where we differ. I don't think that any of the students got near the level of the Founder. Everybody got something, some a little, some a fair amount. But what they got they mostly didn't understand well, so their students in turn never reach up to the level of the Founder's students - and so on, in a downward spiral (not the good kind).