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Old 11-29-2007, 08:37 AM   #26
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
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Re: Irimi/too slow problem

Hi Mark, all good thoughts.

But the reality is (as Mike S. says), there are all kinds of levels of these things.

My own teacher speaks of levels of protection. 2 levels is better than one, and 3 better than two...

So, by the logic of the statements above, if I position myself so that uke has a hard time striking me, that's one level. If I use the skills you are talking about (and they are greater than my partner's skills), that's another level. If I am in a position to strike as well, that's a 3rd level. And if the movement and placement covers me from multiple opponents, yet another level.

The fact is, I cannot count on my body structure being better than the other guy. It may well be...but it may not. So in my mind, a competent MAist will still cover those other bases....just in case.



Best,
Ron (let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater...)

Ron Tisdale
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"The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind."
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