O-Sensei and Atemi
Just as food for thought on this discussion... What O-sensei told my teacher, Saotome Sensei, was that Aikido is 90% Atemi.
What do people think that means in light of their responses to Jun's polls?
Since what you see when most Aikido technique is clearly not physical Atemi what could he have meant?
I am particularly interested in this area myself. In my opinion it is in the area of atemi that we find the elements that make it possible to execute technique in a martial context.
I hope other people keep adding their two cents because I think that the range of replies is a picture of the range of Aikido that has evolved since the Founder died.