Re: Value of atemi
I think I see what you are saying LC. When I was doing kickboxing we would have someone stand behind the bag or beside us and if we did not keep our hands up this person would tap our face as we initiated a technique. Just this touch disrupted the act of initiating a kick or punch entirey and caused the gears to stop for a moment. Is that kind of what you are mentioning?
I am not by any means trying to say atemi is useless or not worth knowing, just trying to establish its value in Aiki arts.
Kevin, why do you say that Aikido does not work in reality without atemi? Or am I misreading your response?