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Old 06-27-2004, 10:38 AM   #12
Chad Sloman
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Dojo: Aikido of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Location: Pensacola, FL
Join Date: Sep 2003
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Re: to look at opponent's eyes or not?

I generally try to look my opponents in the eye, I think in our culture it's not generally done so much because it can be misconstrued as rude which really throws people off sometimes. When I started naginata, we were taught to always be looking our opponent in the eye which can be hard if you're not used to it, but now it's not so bad. I find now when I'm sparring in karate, I do look into my opponents eyes but also let my peripheral vision take over some too.

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