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当て身 ATEMI - the truth about the body




The truth about the body

 Atemi is mostly understood and explained as strikes directed to vital points of the body, rapid body punches or demolishing strikes. That is the meaning of words used. But let me read the atemi through the glasses of my beloved signs and discover the very truth.

to – righteous, examination,

a(taru) – to be filled with something, to hit, to touch, to strike, to shine on

a(teru) – to hit a mark, to expose to something, to apply, to state, to devote, to put, to strike,

a(tarareru) – to be affected by,

masa ni – properly,

a(taranai) – to be not justifiable,

a(tari) – bruise, contusion, in direction of,

a(te) – aim, hope, aspiration, idea,

a(tezuppo) – guesswork,

a(tekko) – guesswork.

The sign is constructed out of two layers: upper one that means „small” and lower one that means pig’s head. Please keep it on mind that in China pig has a good vibration of meaning and is a good symbol. 


mi / karada – body, person, soul, heart, meat, life, skill

mi(jirogu) – to stir lightly

mi(gonashi) – manner, reaction, movement,

This particular sign was devoted to present pregnant woman at the beginning. That is probably the source of its multimeanings.

Let me conclude then: atemi is not only a lethal strike but also precise heart examination, seeking for the truth about the body, touching its abilities of surviving, its manner and reactions. Atemi is like a needle that when inserted into a point for healing purposes shows your body a way to healing. Atemi shows the attacker that he just reaches to our body and its bareers and is the situation between us does not change rapidly and gets cleared – that certain spot will get viciously attacked, bruised, hit. Atemi will become the answer, solution. You must remember that atemi points are the acupuncture points!!! 

I think we use our everyday atemi – mostly in its double sided versions: destroing and healing. Atemi are words we use to criticise or to support. It is our character, our relations with others, our wise softness or rapid cuts. Atemi is not right or wrong, no. It can heal or destroy. If I remember that mi ( ) means also „life” – atemi is everywhere in life itself. 

It is our choice – our concept on filling (ataru) our spirit and spirit of others.


środa, 18 kwietnia 2012, znakownia

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