Re: Are you interrupting attacks?
Nishio Sensei is smooth and super polished, isn't he? Although I'll confess to having been a little scornful of bokken and jo practice, he makes it more relevant. Especially as a Yoshinkan Aikidoka, I understand about the derivation of our art from kenjutsu, etc. We have our hanmis, kamae and all still intact. I saw some video of Saito Sensei coming at the camera with a jo once. He's been gone a few years now, and you still want to step back from the screen.
Something like half of our techniques begin with Shite initiating atemi. Most of that is to draw the response you mentioned. One of my practice partners holds his finger up to someone's nose and calls it "The Great Aikido Attack". It's instant katate!