The question is "Did O Sensei ban the use of atemi in aikido?" From Nafis' response, the indication is "Yes".
As indicated from other responses, atemi has long been taught in aikido. Using atemi with technique makes for effective aikido. But this has no relevance to the initial question.
With all the people practicing atemi with technique, I really don't think that K. Tohei had enough authority to ban its practice. Personally, I will look forward to reading John Riggs' article.
Last edited by tedehara : 02-19-2004 at 10:25 AM.