Aiki- The quick version is blending energy. There are about a million different transliterations, depending on who you ask and what kind of axe they have to grind.
As to what I personally think of an eclectic art- I don't have an opinion of any art, the art is not as important as the teacher. Seek out the very best teacher you can find, and you'll recognize him/her when you find him/her. Trust your instincts about the teacher that best fits you. The art is only a framework, the learning comes from the paradigm and the intent you put into it, not from knowing a lot of "moves". Aikido is a great art, but it certainly isn't the only or the best, unless we individually make it that.
Good luck, have fun, persevere, look deeply.