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Old 12-03-2011, 05:19 PM   #117
Dojo: Stockholms Aikidoklubb
Location: Stockholm
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 601
Re: defending against a boxer

Hugh Beyer wrote: View Post
People seem to think that an aikidoka facing a boxer has to play the boxer's game--has to stand in a very close ma-ai, as though they were in a ring and compete for points. Here, you see that every time the attacker closes up the space for another punch, nage opens it again, requiring the attacker to move in and over-extend to get at nage until there's an opportunity for a throw.
The problem is that sooner or later you will encounter a corner/wall/physical obstacle and the simple fact that boxers also train how to manage space and attack without over-extending.

Strong irimi seems like a more reasonable choice.
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