Peripheral vision with guards up

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by Aperture_Eyes, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Aperture_Eyes

    Aperture_Eyes Orange Belt

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    Anyone else feel your peripheral vision gets sacrificed when you have your guard up?

    I do fine keeping my guard down, but my MT instructor gives me shlt about it all the time. I know it's an absolute to always keep it up, but I feel my peripheral vision gets deterred a bit. Are my eyes just screwed up or do some of you share this problem.
     
  2. CowboyPete

    CowboyPete Green Belt

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    Where exactly are your hands when your guard is up? If you keep them above the eyes you may want to keep them a bit farther away from your head. You can see pretty well peripherally with them about 6-8 inches from your head. You can also just keep them a bit lower, knuckles the same level as your nose.
     
  3. Truculent

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    your guard is up pretty high then. You only really need to be guarding your chin %100 of the time, you can raise your hands to defend against other shit as it comes.
     
  4. gingerbreadman

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    these guys are right, i've never had this kind of problem, it sounds as if you have a guard that's actually to high, which is also a danger because you have a larger area of your body exposed to things like shovel hooks, or in a street situation kidney shots.
     
  5. Brad

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    Sounds like the "cage defense" ala winky wright or mike tyson. It can make punches to the head really h ard to land for your opponent, thus really frustrating them. Try lowering your hands just enough to give you your vision back but still protect your chin.
     

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