Daniel Nishina wrote:
What do folks think of uke's blocking/thwarting (as opposed to getting out of the way/reacting as if it were the first time, a surprise) atemi because they know it is coming as one part of the form? Is it explicitly addressed? Or is the thinking, "uke is always right"?
In my humble opinion, if you aren't doing predetermined kata then any reaction as long as it makes martial sense is okay. So, slipping/parrying/countering would be fine in complete freestyle or in practical application as long as these reactions didn't expose further openings in your defenses.