Atemi in General Term
The term of atemi (当て身) in Japanese martial art generally means strikes. It designates to apply blows to the body of the opponent and can be used by any part of the body to any part of the opponent body. It is known to be opposed from twisting of joints, strangleholds, holding techniques and throws.
Some aikido practitioners believed the use of atemi in the techniques is only for distraction and breaking balance. Others thought not to apply atemi because it will make aikido techniques lost its concept as the art of peace.