Boon Soh wrote:
Have you ever notice how boxer hold each other in the ring to prevent the other player from jabbing. There, do the same, only difference is in a competitive ring, the boxers are by law not allow to use leg. In actual martial combat, everything is fair game. You can almost do anyting once you hug him. Osoto gari, side reap, hip throw, the only limitation is your imagination.
Depending on the ability of the person you're hugging...
Try that against a boxer who has done some judo and you're in for a surprise...I would not equate the distance in a standing clinch with the ideal distance for aikido technique. YMMV...