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Old 06-03-2002, 11:34 PM   #50
Greg Jennings
Dojo: S&G BJJ
Location: Springboro, OH
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,125
Here is a poll I dug up from the poll archive: .

I think it's all dependent on how one trains.

If one trains in aikido to develop ki, harmony, etc., I think atemi is superflous and perhaps even counter-productive.

OTOH, if one is training in aikido as a budo, a martial way, I think awareness of, and therefore practice of, both giving and receiving atemi is *required*. The openings for atemi _are there_. They have to be acknowledged and dealt with.

But that's just my personal opinion.

Greg Jennings
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