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Old 03-14-2001, 02:21 PM   #4
Location: Chicago, IL
Join Date: Jun 2000
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In the dojo where I practice, most beginners don't practice atemi at all. I think this is because aikido techniques require so much precision, that until you get familiar with them, trying to apply atemi will throw off the timing and flow of the techniques. I occasionally practice them, but that's mainly because I've practiced a couple other striking arts and am curious where the atemi fit in to certain techniques.

It's mostly the senior students who utilize atemi, and usually it's to control uke's movement, balance and body position, like keeping uke from leading with their head during an attack (at least with me).

Robert Cronin
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