Re: Aikido is useless without atemi...
The Potential or possibility to do "something" must exist in order for you to affect the situation in your favor (whatever that may be).
Usually you have many options if potential exist. (That is you have kuzushi). You could strike, kick, or do some other action that controls your opponent.
Not having ANY possibilities to strike or kick, IMO, means you are on the losing side of the equation and therefore, you have no ability to affect the situation in your favor.
Thus, it comes with the territory, IMO, that you must have the abiilty to use atemi in order to be in control.
So one could indeed draw the conclusion that Aikido without Atemi is useless.
That said, having the ability to hit and the ability to control may or may not have anything to do with "Ai Ki".
Last edited by Kevin Leavitt : 11-01-2008 at 03:59 PM.