Re: "Cheating" to survive a real fight
Additonal thoughts. Wynand asked how widely is atemi defined. Best aikido or Best aikido the master's course defines atemi as strikes to vital points. I feel this is good definition but limits the application of other possibilities: manipulation of vital, nerve or acupuncture points via pressing, squeezing, brushing, etc., to effect a change in the attacker's body or the energy dynamics during an attack. While strikes are used more often other pressure points can be squeezed or pressed during an encouter to also have an effect on the set up or execution of a technique within the flow of the technique.