Ron Tisdale wrote:
Try getting a copy of Gozo Shioda's autobiography. I think its mentioned in there. If I get a chance, I'll post the relavent phrase.
Shioda Sensei says in his superb book [Aikido Shugyo] that "Atemi are 70% of a real fight". The text also quotes O-Sensei as saying "In a real fight, Aikido is 70 percent atemi and 30 percent throwing". Shioda Sensei continues with "In Aikido, atemi is not limited to punching or kicking".
However, I am
curious as to how dojos actually emphasize atemi. From the Sensei that I have seen, atemi is shown in 2 ways:
(1) When we need to off balance uke in techniques such as tsuki kotegaeshi
(2) When uke presents an opening for a punch or kick
In actual practice though, most of the emphasis is getting atemi right in (1). I almost never practice (2) - i.e. doing a mock punch or kick when the opening presents itself. I can't remember using other parts of my body for atemi, although it looks impressive.
Just wonder how other people practice atemi