Originally posted by arvin m.
>How does one "put ki" into his atemi?
How do you not? Ki is not some mystical power that you suck up and then expel. Ki is all around us, all the time. It's potential. It's focused energy. It's being centered and moving from the center. It's coordinating mind and body, not using some mysterious, magical energy. Ki is a simple, common Japanese term that is much abused in some circles, that doesn't really mean anything like some interpretations of it would have us believe.
>How do u feel this ki?
Are you alive? You are feeling ki. Do you move, interact, breathe? You're feeling ki.
>Does one cultivate it thru breathing exercises?
Proper breathing can enhance anything you do. Trying to devlop ki through breathing is missing huge parts of the equation (and the idea of being able to _develop_ ki in the first place, IMHO, is probably not even in the right area of mathematics, for that matter).
>Does one exhale when striking?
>And should we relax when applying atemi or should we use force?
Yes. One explanation is that application of aiki in atemi is very much a function of expansion and contraction. Relaxed delivery, focused energy upon contact, relaxed recovery.
To _me_, the idea of using ki in those terms is a bit odd. Of COURSE you use ki. If you don't, you do nothing.
Chasing the esoterica of aikido (or any budo) is kind of like playing with a willful kitten. Chase it and it eludes you, jut do what you do and it'll come to ya ...