Nate, check out the past polls. There is one where people rate the percentage of atemi in aikido. And there is a thread that discusses that poll too. From my memory, it seemed as though the more advanced a person was in their training the more likely that would see more atemi in aikido.
Here is the thread discussing the poll:
And here is the poll:
I found them interesting to see the various perspectives and approaches to aikido especially from the more advanced yudansha.
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[Edited by giriasis on March 7, 2001 at 03:04pm]