Re: atemi is 90% of Aikido
If you are locked down, atemi is a great way to get things flowing again.
My knowledge of Japanese is pretty limited, but I don't' think the word "atemi" is limited to punches kicks and other unarmed strikes. If you include atemi to mean any strike, including tackles, sword strikes, jo thrusts etc., then I see him "taking on" more of these then I see him actually punching people. I'm not saying that O-sensei didn't advocate striking people (see my above statement) I am however saying that "Aiki" (that which "Aikido" is based) is very involved with strikes (weapons or otherwise), so involved that I would say it takes up about 90% of the idealized attacks.
Last edited by ChrisHein : 10-02-2005 at 04:36 AM.