Well that's what this thread is supposed to be discussing.
I just don't consider awase to be a principle of "aiki" at all. As I laid out, I think the idea...is a corruption (mistaken understanding) of a deeper teaching. This reinvention was picked up and carried into modern aikido.
Ueshiba and his peer Sagawa, discussed and displayed body training as the means to make aiki. Not waza, not fitting in.
Interestingly enough this idea, that what you attain in body training is carried and has an effect in movement, is stated as a standard in internal training.
"Motion stillness, before stillness in motion."
"When move thing moves-everything moves."
All easy to say, yet takes a lifetime to pursue.