Nishio Sensei at the 2nd Aikido Friendship demo
One way to deal with atemi in Aikido (0:20).
Shoji Nishio Sensei
Aikido – 8th dan.
Iaido – 7th dan
Kodokan Judo – 4th dan
Karate – 4th dan (Shindo Shizen ryu)
Shindo Muso ryu Jodo (staff)
Hozoin ryu Yari (spear)
Nishio Sensei said that Aikido has the unique ability to integrate all the Japanese martial arts. That means you’re not doing 2 or 3 or 4 – or in his case 6 – different arts. You’re doing Aikido and integrating everything you know into that.
In his book, Yurusu Budo, he said to treat strikes (atemi) the same as attacks from a sword or staff.