Cliff, thanks for posting the video. watching those videos, i can see the engagement distance and control of center line would make most aikido folks uncomfortable. not to mention the change level and the intensity. i also like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZfdJQBzmcE
the older man is quick and intense; weapon lead the body.
one comment, starting at a distance then closing for engagement is very different from regular aikido weapon line up.
Interesting statements - how would it make aikido students uncomfortable?
The sword on sword weapons kata of Shodokan usually start at a distance and really that is my only experience with Aikido in this regard. Similar to other things I have done. I always assumed this was true for all AIkido weapons kata.