Re: Aikido is useless without atemi...
And just what is that "goal"?
Lots of talk about this all the time, but very little in defining exactly what is meant by what the various parameters, conditions, and what not that we are training for.
Once you have this in focus, then we can discuss the subject on a common ground, and way the various merits and applications of force such as atemi.
Without starting the conversation in this matter we will constantly have the "atemi in aikido" fight. yes it is, not it's not...yes it is!
When you consider what in commonly practiced in aikido as atemi, I have found it most appropriate for teaching aikido, nothing more nothing less.
if you are talking about "real life"...well once you define "real life" then we can look at this in a different light.