Episode 10 of An Aiki Minute (Or So) is entitled The Importance of Strikes in Aikido. There’s some controversy among folks about whether powerful strikes belong in an art that we call the Art of Peace. To me, there’s no doubt.
Episode 9 of An Aiki Minute (Or So) is entitled Causality and Misdirection. In a martial encounter, people tend to think that they understand what is happening and how they should respond. When dealing with aikido, it’s not so clear or simple.
O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba said something to the effect that aikido is largely entering and striking — irimi/atemi. That gave me the idea to go through the Founder’s videos and check out the atemis. I’ve made a brief video (about 1:33) showing all of O’Sensei’s atemis in his 1935 movie “Budo.”
I expect to create more videos as I go through the films.
I hope you enjoy this.