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Old 06-28-2004, 07:28 PM   #23
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Dojo: St Ives Aikidojo
Location: Cambridge
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 41
United Kingdom
Re: to look at opponent's eyes or not?

I'm new to aikido compared to most of you guys, I used to do kendo and looking in your opponents eyes is essential for kendo. So its almost automatic for me to look in ukes eyes, i give him the stare and he returns it. Its almost as if the battle has already begun.
But the highest ranking student in my dojo (a blue belt) does this thing when hes just about to attack (im a white belt). I was just wondering if its a technique, because as he attacks he opens his eyes wide and glares, I found this distracting at first but after a while ignored it and don't let it distract me anymore.
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