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Uke is the person who falls down or protects. Beginners frequently think of Uke as the attacker but it is not that simple. When Uke gets within the proper distance Nage has to either move away or move in on Uke. The Ma Ai determines when the attack occurs. In more advanced practice Nage controls the Ma Ai so it is rarely clear that Uke attacks.

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