I see that after 10 years of training you are still excited about hitting somebody. It means you still don't understand that this aspect is completely useless as an indicator of "martial effectiveness" in cooperative environment.
If you are serious about aikido, you should look for the dojo where they practice seriously weapons (I'm not talking here about Iwama style weapons teaching) otherwise you will never reach high level understanding of aikido. Other criteria such as distance to the dojo are no relevant. If however the distance to the dojo is important to you, it means that your interest to aikido is superficial and we can't really discuss here more about it.
Szczepan, your assumptions, condescension, and judgement are not helpful to OP and are not conducive to an atmosphere of mutual respect. Please stop.