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Yang Style Eye Usage
By Yang Zheng Ji
Translated by Peter Lim Tian Tek
Yang style Taijiquan is very particular about the method of using the eyes.
Tradition has it that when Yang Cheng Fu pushed hands or engaged in combat,
when emitting jing would look at the opponent and the opponent on receiving
the strength would fall in the direction which he looked. Looking at Yang
Shao Hou's precious image, his eyes appears to have brightness shooting forth,
this is a result of long term training fully concentrating on the eyes as
well as the internal qi
Yang Cheng Fu said: " The eyes though should look forward levelly, sometimes
following the body and so shift, the line of sight though may be fixed on
emptiness is an essential movement in the change, this compensates the body
Yang style Taijiquan's requirements regarding the eyes are:
1. The eyes should look forward levelly. In normal circumstances, the eyes
look levelly forward, looking through the hand in front towards the front,
caring for the hand, but not fixed dead on the hand. The eyes can also look
downward to the front, it must follow the boxing posture's main hand movement
and so determine the direction to look.
2. The expression of the eyes is in accordance to the movements, the principle
of the eyes turning follows the body's movements. The body moves the eyes
follow, the body faces what direction, the eyes gaze towards that direction.
Taijiquan's practice has continuous forward advancing backward retreating
left and right turns, when forward advancing backward retreating, left turn
right rotate depends on the waist and body turning, the eyes in left looking
right glancing must follow the waist and body's turning to turn.
3. The eyes and the intent are consistant. The eyes are the mind's focal
point, what the mind is considering, the eyes is concentrated upon, if the
eyes and the movements are not in accordance the internal and external are
also not in agreement, the usage of the eyes have an important use in push
hands, necessary to observe the opponent's upper and lower portions, closely
observing the direction of movement of the opponent's back, in the course
of movement catching hold of the opportune time to cause the opponent to
be in a predicament.
4. The method of the eyes must be natural. When utilising the eyes, do
not stare, do not close the eyes, keep the spirit held within. The correct
use of the expression of the eyes has a relationship with the energy at the
top is light and sensitive (xu ling ding jing), the energy at the top is
light and sensitive, then the spirit can be raised, then the eyes will naturally