IMO - For fighting atemi is a must have, but is the practice of Aikido for fighting?
Thanks for that. It is exactly what I needed to start another thread.
I can't honestly answer that question at the moment. I chose aikido for my career. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't practice at least for self-defense.
But, i'd LIKE for it not be all about fighting. I just feel like getting to that point in my training is years, if not decades, away.