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Old 12-12-2012, 04:13 PM   #13
Tom Verhoeven
Dojo: Aikido Auvergne Kumano dojo
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Re: Eyes in the Martial Arts

Niall Matthews wrote: View Post
Thank you for the comments.

Conrad the point about a dominating gaze is very important. But I think there is a difference. The practiced gaze of a yakuza might be physically frightening. You can compare it to the fierce nio statues at the entrance to temples. But the gaze of a master of martial arts is not just intimidating. It looks into your soul and lays it bare and ice cold.

Tom I take it to mean looking at the leaves. But there can be layers of meaning. Old or new. Intended or unintended.

I don't think the original phrase is linked to a particular ryuha.

In my last blog post I gave a link to a cool nature column in the Daily Yomiuri that explains the science of the colours of autumn leaves
Sort of similar to looking at a mountain in a distance - not looking at one leave in particular, but seeing them all . Or perhaps looking at all the different shades of colour without focussing on one colour.

Thanks for the link with that nice nature column!


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