Atemi is important because when we first start learning the techniques both uke and nage usually begin in a static position (katatetori, katatori) and with proper atemi you can "jumpstart" and set things in motion so you can induce kuzushi. Against a focused, commited attack (shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, munetsuki, etc.) atemi may not be needed because it could stop uke´s momentum bringing the technique to a halt (this happens with newbies a lot). In a street confrontation true atemi may be needed to cut and stop an agressor cold, or to regain the initiative if your technique is countered. I agree one should not rely on atemi alone to compensate for flawed taisabaki or other aspects of training.
Last edited by Nacho_mx : 04-11-2004 at 07:44 PM.