1. is atemi integrated into your normal technique?
- Most of the time, yes, though I don't use them if the energy is "right".
2. do you do them all the time
- No, only as necessary, but I still consider it a vital part of learning about technique and energy.
3. does atemi interfere with blending (due to the motion stopping)
- If I understand this question right: It might, if I want to redirect away from other hazards like concrete, walls, uke's buddies.
4. Do you strike vital points (particular killing areas) during your atemis.
- I have no interest in learning "how to kill", just how to protect myself.
5. Do you allow uke to do atemis during the technique if he is able?
- Only if I know it's coming, or, while in jiyu-waza, randori, henka-waza... I don't want beginners to be surprised, just concentrate on doing the prescribed technique.
6. Do you think you would naturally use atemis if attacked?
- Most likely... I find atemi immensely useful for shodo-o-seisu (control first move). A quick punch to the liver (no contact, but must be 110% believable) does wonders for aborting uke's shomenuchi strike.