Re: Atemi and Aikido
There are several types of atemi as per my interpretation.
1) Atemi is enough if you still maintain connection with partner imho in case of a set-up.
2) It is used as a distraction to lessen uke's commitment to an attack. Even if you get hit, it's not as devastating if you hadn't done atemi. Perfectly timed atemi would totally make uke's attack harmless imho.
3) it is also used during transitions within a technique to close openings for uke. there are several techniques which offer uke openings to attack nage during a technique and atemi can be used to close these gaps.
4) It can also be used as a technique in itself to throw uke