Re: Koryu and Aikido
It's not so much the Koryu themselves that I believe was important. It's the situations that they were trying to address. They were very interested in what is now a time gone by. I believe Ueshiba had interest in these older times, and the kinds of situations that the warrior class found themselves in. It is well known that Ueshiba enjoyed having different exponents of Koryu come to his Dojo and demonstrate there arts.
I'm not trying to say that Ueshiba was highly experienced in anything other then Daito Ryu and his own art, but his interested, and the kind of techniques that he choose to put into his system reflect much of what can be found in Koryu martial arts.
These things are different and the feeling of the system is different then what you would find in most "modern" martial arts.