kung fu moves · 06/30/2023

How to train your visual eye in self-defense

A martial arts proverb says, “When the eyes are well trained, the beating prevails.” This sentence is very reasonable, and it is a summary of actual combat experience.

Bruce Lee is a master of kung fu, easily dodging his opponents, punching and kicking quickly, and then knocking many of his opponents to the ground one after another with a loud shout. Perhaps the performance of the movie will inevitably have an exaggerated component, but it is not surprising that a person with a superb level of cultivation like him can see the movements of the other party at a glance.

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Bruce Lee’s eye training method in Jeet Kune Do.

The practice of visual eyesight must start with only a small number of subtle signs to a natural and instinctive notice of the other person’s overall movements. In training, some short, focused attention exercises must be included to exercise the ability to see quickly.

Bruce Lee’s visual training in Jeet Kune Do is as follows:

The coach first extends the index finger of one hand and asks the student to pay attention, then the coach extends the other hand into the student’s line of sight and draws letters or numbers in the air, and the student must be able to identify what the letter or number is without changing the attention of the coach’s previous hand.

In order to overcome the bad habit of blinking when the opponent attacks his fists and feet in the face, the trainer can use his hands to shake, lightly hit, intercept and other movements in front of the trainee, and these movements must stop within a certain limit. Students are required to keep an eye on the tricks performed by the instructor without blinking.


When you are dealing with an opponent, not only should your eyes be fixed on the other’s eyes, but your entire body should be placed in your field of vision.

Because professional players have been trained for a long time, they can almost detect the movements of the opponent. Of course, we can’t ask so much for ordinary people, but if you know the trick and can detect the other person’s movements to a certain extent, then pay attention to which part of your body the other person is looking at.

When the opponent is ready to launch an attack, its eyes must look at the target, so as long as it looks at its line of sight, it can predict or detect its intentions.

When you are dealing with an opponent, not only should you keep your eyes on the other person’s eyes, but you should also place their entire body in your field of vision, as shown below.

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In this way, you can incorporate the face, shoulder and main attack parts into your visual range, gain insight into the opponent’s small and subtle changes, analyze and judge the opponent’s intentions and moves, make it unpredictable, and timely prevent the opponent’s moves and find the opportunity to attack.

Secondly, it is necessary to pay attention to the hands or feet placed behind by the other party, because the average person, whether it is kicking or punching, mostly uses the hands and feet placed behind.

But be careful, don’t let your opponent’s fake eyes or feints be deceived.


There are many training methods for visual eyesight, and the article “Ancient fighting eye training, now also applicable, collect it” released by this account has been introduced in detail, and interested friends can click the link to read.

In fact, visual eyesight and sensitive reaction ability are closely related, and the training of the two is inseparable.

As ordinary people, we can actually use some interesting equipment to train ourselves at home. The boxing reaction ball currently on the market is a good device. It has the functions of exercising dynamic vision, strengthening hand-eye coordination, exercising reaction speed, building muscle memory, and training precision strikes.

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