Let me get this out of the way first - Mike Sensei kicked my rear end on the mat. He submitted me with his version of a pressure point and my face still hurts! Just a round-a-bout way of letting you know that he's as good on the ground as he is from the stand-up position.
Atemi. My only exposure to this was at your dojo. I only played at judo for a month and didn't stay long enough to see the atemi applications, although there are some in the katas.
In Brazilian jiu-jitsu we use kicks more than punches to distract. No real atemi training. My favorite sparring technique is a right roundhouse kick to my opponent's left thigh followed by a double leg takedown. The kick sets up the takedown rather nicely in that it helps you to close the distance, distracts the opponent and gets their weight moving up and back.
From what I've seen (limited), Atemi waza is one of the strengths of Nihon ju-jutsu.
D. Steven Whiteswhite@umassd.edu
[This message has been edited by Steve (edited June 27, 2000).]