“Working along the tether: a geometric approach,” by The Martial Arts Guru

“That range on the outside of your partners reach is where the technique needs to happen, otherwise you will be working within his strength zone. (This distance is also a critical distinction between Judo and Aikido) I just show this on the arm of the stick man, but you can apply this to any technique on any part of the body. Also, this same image can be merged with what O Sensei liked to draw…

…the main point here is to learn how to work these tether distances. Once you become comfortable using them you can start to place yourself in ideal positions to take full advantage of them. Think of this as a tool, that can be fully utilized to analyze your technique, distance between your partner (Mai), and the amount of strength needed to complete the technique.”

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