“Fighting Distance and Peripheral Vision,” by Bob Blackburn

“In response to Kevin Leavitt’s Fighting Distance article, I would like to take a look at the use of peripheral vision as part of your preparation or methodology. It is often said to look into the eyes of your opponent. The eyes are telling; but, it should be a relaxed gaze and not a focused stare. Your peripheral vision is much more sensitive to motion the focused/tunnel vision.”

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  1. While I am glad to see people addressing some of these more interesting and holistic tactical aspects, but I am wondering: who is preparing whom and for what??

    The eyes would not be the place to concentrate. The hands are what kill.

    One should practice the ability to see the whole person – then collapse to the hands – then see the person again, but remaining aware of the hands.

    Scan Patterns – learning what they are and how to use them – are proving far more important than a rule about where and how to look.

    But ultimately it may not be a vision issue at all, but an attentional one. Where your attention is at is what you end up seeing, especially under a lethal threat. Some people end up seeing in some very interesting ways because of what the brain does there.

  2. …when i was learning to fly, more particularly – land, the instructor told me to look down to restore my depth perception. what i got, the first few times was a tunnel vision appreciation of JUST HOW HIGH UP I WAS. wasn’t especially conducive to good landing.

    i think this peripheral vision thing might be related to Musashi’s concept of perception versus sight. i notice in multiple person attack that i really don’t have a clear visual image of much at all, but my training orients me to the strategic weak spots pretty effectively, and, again, the body just DOES what is usually a pretty abbreviated technique…

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