One of the main characteristics of aikido is it aim to see a peaceful resolution to conflict. It has after all been referred to the “Art of Peace” by its founder. As in our mind we do not wish to ‘hurt’ our partner, the use of atemi in training can become largely cosmetic.
If your aikido technique is such that you cannot strongly strike your opponent’s vulnerabilities and are unable to completely disable your attacker, you are probably deluding yourself. The aikidoka should be able to promote peace by choice, not out of necessity. You are not really qualified to fly the peace banner if you are actually incapable of hurting your attacker in the first place.
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