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Old 06-26-2004, 03:20 PM   #4
Dojo: Prairie-Aikikai
Location: Clive, IA
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 75
Re: to look at opponent's eyes or not?

I was always taught to look at the opponents upper chest area. Actually, right around the sternum(sp?). It really is easier to anticipate the opponents intent when you can see their body as a whole. I'm sure the eyes thing probably works well if you have a lot of experience...but if you don't I think you would probably get tunnel vision looking them in the eyes. Much like when someone has a weapon and you watch the weapon instead of them. I say whatever works best for the individual.
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