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Old 09-04-2000, 08:09 PM   #7
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Re: Too Close

tedehara wrote:
If someone is close enough to jab you, then distance (ma-ai) has already been broken. If you find yourself in that situation, then just step back.
Actually, stepping "back" isn't a great idea unless that's the only direction you can go in - stepping to the side and/or circling if you can is better, because often a trained fighter will take advantage of any backstep on your part.

When the boxer comes to attack, that's when you should move. Take your timing from their intention...
That's one way to approach it, another is to be the one to intiate movement and therefore "leading" so as not to give "control" of the situation to the attacker.

Tricky thing sometimes facing this if you aren't used to getting hit etc.

Larry Novick
Head Instructor
ACE Aikido
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