Re: Atemi and Aikido
Striking at a very basic level is fundamental to martial arts, but if there is anything you can't accomplish with a single, strong, balanced attack, you are either:
a) using the wrong tool
b) in a fight you have the option of not being in
The martial traditions from which Aikido is descended assume a generalized tool, and assume that b) is not the case.
The essential problem with getting too fancy with your striking and grappling when practicing Aikido is that you are no longer training for a life-or-death situation that came out of nowhere that you are trying to survive with limited information as to what is really going on.
Which is not to say you shouldn't do it at all, it is just not something that your regular general Aikido training should focus on.
All Aikidoka should learn to deliver a single, balanced attack to whatever part of another human body they choose, using anywhere from 0 to 100% of the force they can muster with their entire being. You have to work at this but it isn't rocket science (or even sweet science).
Aside from that, I tend to believe that the strikes that nage might do while performing a technique are just pugilistic sugar.
Last edited by Cliff Judge : 12-28-2012 at 12:28 PM.