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UPDATED 1st AUG 2020
Inner & outer vision
Although athletes see perfectly well in terms of their eyes and their vision, they often do not develop this facility nor understand how their vision works in practical terms.
The outer vision
Take peripheral vision, the eyes have a fairly well defined angle of sight. Athletes can use this to their advantage if they know how it works and what situations it can be helpful in. Tom has a range of demonstrations that can help students understand and improve this facility.
There are also a range of simple exorcises to help improve vision, mobility and focus of the actual eye itself.
What can the eye itself tell us? Being able to read your opponents eyes can be helpful in understanding their intentions. What does blinking tell us? Is blinking controllable?
In the Martial Arts we have a saying about falling leaves. If you concentrate on one leaf you do not see the beauty of the whole tree and the other leaves as they fall.
The inner vision
Perception and sight, perception is the stronger. It is not always what we actually see that is as important as what we perceive.
Perception is brain power that sometimes uses the eyes but can operate independently. This is the inner sight and is a very important facility for any athlete.
Perception, being brain powered can also incorporate visualization for possible outcomes. This inner sight can give athletes that extra edge in competition. By being aware of the field of play, the position of team members and the position of the opposition. It can update the overall scenario without actually ‘seeing’ the positions and is often the special gift of great athletes.