Brian Dewey wrote:
Question: what role do you think atemi waza plays in "modern" Aikido? Does it have a place, should it have a place, etc. If so, what sort of atemi waza would best fit modern Aikido?
I suppose this depends on each individual's perspective of "modern" aikido.
I don't think it's wise to disregard the practical application of the techniques, so I definitely think atemi has a place. I've found that elbows, knees, head butts, and, to a somewhat lesser extent, punching are useful. Having said that, I like to train the majority of the time without atemi, because I can put more focus on the other techniques.
Also, in a one-on-one boxing/kickboxing/mma paradigm aikido techniques have little practical relevance.