Re: Blindly searching for the path of Aikido
No - Osensei's MArts changed after his return from China, I would think as a result of his experiences there. Comments by his contemporaries and various individuals who have written on the subject seem to observe the fact.
I have a video (taken from 8mm film) of O'sensei which appears to show him as a younger man and his technique is very aggressive, powerful, hard and direct. The latter part of the video sees him as an older man who's techniques more resemble aikido as I interpret it - more flow, blending, leading.
this may be just the result of age, or may also be post China influence.
Anyway - a bit of controversy is good fun - livens the spirit.