Mikiri controls the distance in 3 ways

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The term Mikiri is used to describe cutting the distance with your body.

The word Mikiri itself means body cut. Mi (身) means body and Kiri (切り) means cut. Of course this is a figure of speech meaning that you use your body to cut the distance.

The word cut implies that it is a sharp movement. A split second in time. Mikiri is pulling the body sharply, just out of range of the attack. 

mikiri in kata like chinto

The Digi Dojo - Chinto Mikiri Shuto Gedan Gamae

here's a kaisetsu from chinto showing mikiri

The Digi Dojo - Chinto Mikiri Shuto Gedan Gamae Kaisetsu

Use These 3 Kinds Of Mikiri

move out of range

Chudan Maegeri

Doing Mikiri by moving out of range is the easiest of these three. Still difficult to pull of, but the easiest one nevertheless.

Just step back is not Mikiri.

Just slide back is not Mikiri.

It's Mikiri if you use the right distance and time it correctly.

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Lean with your upper body

Kokutsu Dachi

Don't just lean, you'll get hit. If you want this to work you need to apply 3 keys to your movement which I explain in the video.

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absorb his movement

The Digi Dojo - Kihon Kumite 4 Mikiri

The key to absorb and be successful doing so depends on a couple of things. To be precise: one in particular. Timing.

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