Carl Simard wrote:
I would certainly not called it "safe distance". If you just want to keep a "safe distance", you just stay out of range of your opponent... You may not be able to do any technique, but you will be at the "safest distance" posssible...
Applying a technique to an opponent always have a part of risk... Everything may go OK, but you may also do it wrong and get your *ss kicked...
So, no, I will not define ma ai as "safe distance".
I agree 100%. By the time you have entered ma'i, you are within the effective range of uke. Of course, uke is also within your effective range. This is in no way a "safe" place to be but it is the place where combat occurs.