Mike Sigman wrote:
>I would still point out that even O-Sensei stressed atemi, even >though many Aikidoists think everything can be done by magically
>"blending with your opponent". Every really good Aikidoist that I've
>ever seen uses checks and hits when he can't "blend" with even
>cooperative attacks, so I'd at least offer the opinion that the
>perhaps false goal of blending may not be totally on target.
Oh, yes, I agree with the atemi. I was just trying to explain that, as an uki, when you get "tossed around like a rag doll" by someone good, that they can use either a physical atemi or what some people call "ki". Right now in my understanding, I view them both as atemi (in the previous instance that I was talking about). One is physical and one is something else that I don't have a great understanding of yet, but I've been on the receiving end of both.