Jesse Lee wrote:
...Yes we all know that aikido atemi is supposed to startle uke and corrupt his/her center, [color="red"]but in my case at least, often when I actually try it as nage, the rest of my technique degrades.[/color]
So I am on my Sensei's page and will get into atemi whenever he starts emphasizing it for me.
I was told this was the reason why Ki No Kenkyukai H.Q. eliminated atemi from Ki Society Style Aikido. People spend so much time trying to bop each other that it left no time to teach Aikido.