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Old 07-11-2003, 01:14 AM   #24
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Dave Miller wrote:
By the time you have entered ma'i, you are within the effective range of uke.
Are you?

My perspective is that ma ai is flexible, adaptable and changeable. It is my ma ai that I am concerned about, not uke's, I don't care if his ma ai is wrong, as long as I maintain mine. If I enter uke's ma ai, which I am intending to do with my irimi as uke moves, my ma ai changes relevant to my new positioning, but I still have ma ai. It doesn't mean that uke has entered my ma ai, despite the fact that there may be a lot less distance between us than at the "start", therefore I am not necessarily in his "range".


Whilst I may have these ideas on the subject, I am no where near achieving them in my Aiki, it's just somewhere that I'd like to aspire to


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