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Old 07-10-2003, 01:32 AM   #12
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Many folks believe that ma ai is a fixed distance, it is not. It is the "correct distance" between you and your partner at any time during your interaction, therefore it will change through the course of a technique."

Of course your ma ai can be wrong, i.e. you can be standing too close or too far at a certain point or time. However, if you execute your technique correctly (not for one minute stating that I ever do ), there should always be ma ai between you and your partner, whether this is two sword lengths at the start (example), a few millimetres as you sweep them up during an iriminage, or arms length as you are pinning them on the ground.

My tuppence worth


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