“Maai”: The Art of Distancing in Karate-Do Mutual Attunement in Close Encounters

@article{Masciotra2001MaaiTA,
  title={“Maai”: The Art of Distancing in Karate-Do Mutual Attunement in Close Encounters},
  author={Domenico Masciotra and Edith Ackermann and Wolff-Michael Roth},
  journal={Journal of Adult Development},
  year={2001},
  volume={8},
  pages={119-132}
}
Human development implies an evolution of the individual's physical spielraum (room to maneuver) as an adaptively changing dialectical Self-Other relationship, which is achieved through appropriate distancing. In the Japanese culture, distancing is maai (ma, spatiotemporal interval + ai, harmony). Maai integrates space, time, and rhythm, dimensions of being that are deeply rooted in all human actions and relations. Maai is the art of relating and communicating within constructed space-time… CONTINUE READING

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