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Old 09-05-2000, 10:42 AM   #11
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Many good points here. One thing I might add about ma-ai is that one important point about maintaining proper ma-ai is that if done correctly, it can force an attacker to commit or extend an attack. Since very often a jab-like punch is used to create an opening or distraction until a more damaging strike can be applied, one can possibly stay out of range of the jab until your opponent attacks with a more committed attack. If this isn't possible or you don't want to do this, than I would most likely enter on the outside of the attacking hand, which opens up a slew of various techniques. Just my two cents worth.
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