MA is a Japanese word which translates, for purposes of this article, as "gap", " space", "pause" or " the space between two parts". It is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but rather the simultaneous awareness of form and and non-form deriving from an intensification of vision.
Okay, great. How does this Eastern world concept have anything to do with performance?
Think about what the great athletes do as they decide what to swing at, run after or throw to. Consider the mindset of the master riflemen or the skilled quarterback.
In their quest to estimate time to collusion or intersect the flight of a ball, the "space" between the action is everything in calculating ones End game. Put another way, Ball flight, speed, distance and the angles of objects moving are all better measured when the athlete takes into the equation, the "space" in between the primary objects
(for the outfielder, it would be barrel/ball contact and ball flight). Remember our friend Open Focus and flexible attention levels that allow for greater visual clarity and increased seeing? MA explains the importance of being aware of the nothingness/space that lives in the real world and what allows us to be immersed in the interpretation and prediction of moving parts.
Sit in a chair and look at a picture on a wall. MA. Look at the picture on the wall and "see" the space between the wall and your chair.
Watch the flight of a bird or a ball and take in the space in front of and all around the moving object. MA is the natural radar that measures and allows for you to be connected with the action.
You want to truly understand what it means to be present and slow the world and the game down? MA awaits.