Originally posted by chadsieger
So, O'Sensei was correct when saying that certain techniques do require atemi. He did not say however, to use atemis to practice Aikido. The purpose of training with Aikido techniques is to teach you the feeling of budo. "Learn and forget." Using atemis on the mat degrade the nourishment. Similar to frying food.
So, what you're saying is that you prefer sushi to, say, tempura. That some sushi can be of better quality than others - some may even need more wasabi! - and that sushi is not for everyone (too soft, subtle). We should all at least try
tempura, but then put it behind us at mealtime.