Re: atemi or fall
Neither on their own is very scary. Taking a few strikes is tolerable, ukemi is easy even if you are untrained if you just move, but put the two together and then you've got my attention. A well timed atemi rapidly followed by a throw is the most confusing experience I know. When attempting to grab onto nage, he/she thrusts a hand in my face and then before I can gather myself, nage applies a kotegaeshi or kokyunage, I have no chance.