a. Because it all fits into the nature of this work; practiced, discussed and disseminated for ages.
b. They said it...because it happens to be true.
I appreciate the answer, Dan, but this is begging the question. i was asking Mark to describe why he thinks what he is talking about has any actual connection to Ueshiba or Takeda, and how he knows it is correct to call it aiki.
You are responding with "The reason I am pretty sure that this is what Ueshiba was doing is because I am pretty sure this is what Ueshiba was doing."
I have it on good account that what you are doing is good, valid stuff, but I haven't seen any reason to believe it has anything to do with what Ueshiba was doing.