Instead, people take their Modern Aikido experience, equate it to what Ueshiba was doing, and everyone just thinks that Modern Aikido is another form of same old, same old martial arts. Yet, historically, those same students of Ueshiba who are upheld as a gold standard had all kinds of other martial art backgrounds/experiences and they stated Ueshiba was doing something different. Yet, no one thinks about that?
Exactly! But nowadays. most people are not willing to practice the way they did back then. I've seen these kinds of practices before and they appear to be brutal, but they are the real deal! Aikido can be very devastating. I've even seen dojos who don't use atemi. That's not even Aikido.