I feel that this forum has tried earnestly to address the questions and issue raised by TokyoZeplin. Many people have tried their utmost in fact but we can't listen and understand for him. (i.e he is a time waster in my view.)
At the end of the day, he needs to cease being academic - Masters Degree or whatever (who cares?) or 3rd kyu (again who cares?) in Shotokan - and get himself on the aikido mat.
I have tried all the major aikido styles and eventually I found the one for me and the instructor -- since 2005, I commute over 300km each way and 3 ½ hours to train.
If I had stopped at the first aikido dojo (which was not for me), then I would not now be doing something that I feel passionate about.
If TokyoZeplin does not go all the way with aikido, then the aikido world has not missed any thing of significance
For people saying they study an art of peace, and many claim to have become better at conflict solving in their personal lives, some posts here sure seem to do their best to make this discussion as hostile as possible.