It seems to me that there is a difference in aikido atemi and other types of striking that I have encountered. With a typical punch, you seek to strike by generating force in you body that focuses into a single point. With an aikido punch, you maintain your focus (one point) through your knuckles as if you are stabbing with a sword. It requires less action in the elbow and hip. To train this kind of punch with a heavy bag, you may want to swing the bag out, and extend your ki through your knuckles into the bag as it comes back to hit you.
Last edited by Lyle Bogin : 03-27-2002 at 04:14 PM.