I'm not sure what your point is here...is it "your Aikido will suck if you try to compete"?
If that's the case, then wouldn't it be better to address the "Aikido will suck" part rather than just avoiding situations in which your Aikido may suck?
Morihei Ueshiba, for example, was known to engage in the same kind of "matches", but maybe he did a little better...
Hey Chris, my point was that perhaps why the Founder "strictly" prohibited competition was that every moment wondering whether one's aikido will work (work
, as in, make you victorious in an engagement
) is a moment away from where Osensei saw true budo
to be. Why would someone agree to a contest with someone, except to see whether one will win or lose? If Osensei really meant aikido is not about winning or losing, then it would stand to reason that winning or losing (competition) is not aikido. At least by the Founder's definition.
Maybe competition using some of the mechanics of aikido is something else...