Video: Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu: “The Devil is in the Details!”

This is an excellent photo of Katsuyuki Kondo, Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Menkyo Kaiden, executing a technique in which atemi plays an essential part. Atemi, or “combative strikes,” serve the purpose of disturbing an opponent’s attack and balance paving the way for the execution of a technique. The use of atemi fell out of favor in the aikido that was spread in the postwar era due to a variety of factors. Morihei Ueshiba, for his part, regularly used atemi when demonstrating techniques.

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