“In some dojos, atemi has gone the way of the Dodo bird!”

While atemi or preemptive strikes, have fallen into disuse in mainstream styles of aikido, Nishio Sensei saw their employment as essential to the success of aikido techniques: “I regard atemi as the soul of Japanese martial arts. Atemi temporarily neutralize the opponent’s fighting ability and allow him to correct his attitude and return to his previous condition…

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