Sheep look the same to people who don't know, but they are unique too.
On the other side, sometimes people who considers themselves "unique" are totally mainstream but they don't want to see it. Like "rebellious" teens all dressed the same, listening to the same music, same mannierisms...
IMO your approach to aikido is not so unique... only a bit outdated but hey, 70's are back, isn't it?
The fact they 'consider' themselves unique whilst all dressing the same or whatever just shows they miss the truth in what they are saying.
Outdated eh? Mmmm. think I'll get my afro back...