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Old 06-04-2002, 12:34 AM   #50
Greg Jennings
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Here is a poll I dug up from the poll archive:

http://www.aikiweb.com/polls/results.html?poll_id=46 .

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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