Thread: Personal Space
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:41 PM   #10
Charles Hill
Dojo: Numazu Aikikai/Aikikai Honbu Dojo
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Re: Personal Space

Drew Gardner wrote: View Post
The teacher said that European-descent Americans like me are reared to keep about three feet of distance, while Latin Americans are raised to be comfortable much closer.

The academic study of this is called proxemics and the guy who started it is Edward T. Hall. A lot of good stuff if you look for it. The application of proxemics to martial arts/combat is covered in Vladimir Vasiliev's DVD "Hand to Hand" and in Kevin Secours' DVD "Warhead: Russian Systema Comabt Psychology".

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