Re: Striking in your Aikido
Atemi in aikido is more of a distraction to ease the execution of aikido technique rather than as an ends itself.
I think because of this mind-set, you do not see many aikido-ka do heavy bags or typical striking exercise.
However, if you are doing it outside of aikido time to improve areas which is lacking, good for you.
I have tried hitting heavy bags, and I hurt my hands. Now I seek people who are proficient with hitting art to guide me, and I can see that the art of striking is an area of study by itself.
Yes, aikido and atemi is inseperable, if you want to use atemi as part of your core strategy to execute aikido, my suggestion is to get some training in it from people who knows.