Re: atemi is 90% of Aikido
I've seen several people who can take tremendously hard blows and not flinch. I've also seen these people spar, taking several shots on the way in so they can grab you and throw you down. These people don't react to actual blows, little lone pretend ones. Dose this mean you can't do Aikido with these people?
I believe the statement(aikido 90% atemi) to be an internal statement and not an external one. It's not about what I can do to him, it's what he is trying to do to me, and how I blend with that action.