Re: Maintaining ma ai
Create the distance by moving sideways or behind them (ie you move diagonally forwards) try not bump them on your way past and always turn to face them. Try not to leave an opening. We always stress clearing the rear in our techniques or moving off the line.
Never tried it, don't know if it works. I suspect it would be an unexpected move and may startle them enough to just slip away before they regain awareness.