Re: Aikido Connects The Past To The Present
Actually, I think pretty much the opposite is the case for aikido. Essentially, aikido as it is practiced today is a group of techniques with no unifying set of principles. The individual practicioner fills the vessel with their own take on the techniques as it suits them for their needs and movement. This is the opposite of koryu, where the practcioner resets their movement,reactions etc to fit the requirements of the ryu.
This is also the reason why aikido is a popular worldwide activity and koryu are practiced by a minority. I suppose, you could refer to the wearing of hakama and bowing etc as nods to the past, but these are fairly superficial in my view.