Re: creation of new techniques
Its hard enough trying to make your aikido become a passable rendition of an "old" styleŚlike Chiba, Saito, Yamaguchi, Saotome, etc. That alone should take over 20 years of hard practice. With so much to choose from, why try to be new? Unless being "new" is really the point, the whole goal? You can try it, of course, nothing is stopping you. But I fear that the compulsion to be "new" will get in the way of simply being competent. It might be better to stay 10 or 15 years with an "old" kind of aikido. Then you might have a different idea about how important being new is. My two cents.