Well, to a certain extent, aikido training is "false" in that it is not a fight. So either you accept that or not.
That is why I think the idea of leading for the attack is important in that kind of formalized training scenario. And I personally think a more free flowing style of training (such as what you see more of in randori) is just as important in the big picture. But just in terms of the initial post and training that early timing I spoke of, the formula seems to help. But it also requires a certain amount of trust and honesty. But then, doesn't all training?