Re: The Topic I never Wanted To Post
I think "practical" Aikido will always require a certain degree of atemi, unless you've got the skill of a shihan.
And yeah, I've been there. A big revelation for me was that "technique" isn't really what you should expect yourself to do if you're in a free sparring situation. "Technique," practiced well, will teach you the instincts that you'll need to use in a situation.
To paraphrase an old cliche:
Fighting with Aikido is like screwing for virginity.
Last edited by Tharis : 03-25-2008 at 04:15 PM.