Excellent writing, cool piece, thank you very much. When these sidewalk or meetingroom doorway encounters are viewed as social theater, totally stand your ground! I’d like to just point out um … en passant :) that if these meetups are viewed as a form of (or precursor to?) single combat, then you’d do well to be aware that in boxing, “getting off the line” is actually a key skill and highly prized, because you thereby establish a dominant angle. Doesn’t matter much for your cited context, but… just saying. If you want to learn the details, search out some YouTube videos e.g. “Lomachenko’s Matrix Style Footwork & Matador Feints Explained — Technique Breakdown”.

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