Re: Article: Ellis Amdur, "The Use of Weapons in Aikido Training"
Interesting. So basically, it's like Phi says - most Aikiken sets don't involve the approach.
On the one hand, I have got to say, this Shodokan sequence has basically every move I've seen Ueshiba do in kumitachi on film.
This sequence absolutely looks to be of a species with early modern compilation stuff, e.g. Kendo kata, Toyama ryu's paired forms, etc....systems that focus on some type of training, and then also have a few sword kata that they work on to enrich the main practice. And it looks to be a pretty good version of that.
Which brings me to another thought: at some point, we need to address what we want Aikido weapons to be about, and what is even possible.