The Power of the Eyes.

On May 4, 2014 by Master Bill

In San Soo, it is possible to win a fight without ever throwing a punch at your opponent. It’s the Chi power in your eyes. We all have it to some extent. In some, it is strong, in others it is not. It is something you cannot fake. You either have it or you don’t.

Have you ever had the feeling that someone was staring at you? When you turn to look around, you find yourself looking straight into another person’s eye. I think we have all experienced this phenomenon. This is not a coincidence. What are the odds of this randomly happening? The power of some person’s eye has guided your eyes directly to theirs.

Let me tell you a story. I had recently transferred to Jimmy Woo’s San Soo school in El Monte from the Kung-Fu San Soo School in Downey and was finding it particularly hard to fit in.  I was working out with a friend of mine one Saturday, and I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I was going to show the rest of the guys just what I could do. When I thought Grandmaster wasn’t looking I cut loose with my best punching combinations. Little did I know at the time, but Jimmy saw everything that went on in his studio. That’s when the feeling came over me. Someone was staring at me. When I looked over, sure enough, it was he. Grandmaster. With one swift wave of his hand, he told me to report to him immediately. What to follow was almost indescribable. When I got to where he was standing, I looked into his face. This was not the face I was used to seeing. His face had turned from the gentle teacher I had known to that of a dragon. His cheeks were budging out and his whole face seemed to swell. I had never seen him so upset. When I looked into his eyes, I felt a force so strong, so animal like, it literally forced my chin to my chest. I couldn’t believe it. Not wanting to appear weak in the presence of my Master, I looked up again, and again my head was forced to look downward. The power in his eyes was so strong, so powerful, I couldn’t even look at him. All he said to me was, “don’t you ever show off in my studio like that again.” That’s all he had to say. He knew it, and I knew it. He had overcome me with just his eyes. Later that night, reflecting on what had just happened to me, I thought to myself, how could you ever hope to throw a punch at a person like that? A person you can’t even look at. The answer is self-evident. You can’t.

The power in your eyes is one of your greatest assets if it is real. If it is not, it will give you away every time. You can use this power to overcome an opponent, just like I was overcome. You can tell an opponent with your eyes, “I am not the person you want to fight with.” It has worked for me on several occasions. If you train yourself in the Art of San Soo, it will work for you also. Late one night, I pulled into the parking lot where a retail store was located. As I exited from my car, I immediately noticed a man walking straight towards me. I could tell this was not going to be a pleasant situation just from the way this guy looked. He was a large, somewhat dirty man. He had a face that looked like he would just as soon cut my throat as talk to me. He walked right up and the first thing out of his mouth was “Hey man, give me some money.” I wasn’t overly excited about forking out some of my hard earned cash, so I told him “I never give any money to strangers.” I could see this guy was down on his luck, maybe even homeless but I didn’t like his attitude. On the other hand, I didn’t particularly want to put him in the hospital either. He took another step forward and said to me “I said, give me some money.” Since he had now entered my safety zone, I automatically went into combat mode. As we starred at each other, I told him that if he didn’t back off, he was going down.   He immediately realized he was talking to the wrong person, at the wrong place, and  at the wrong time. It was the power in my eyes. He backed off murmuring to himself about something, but I knew I had won the fight, even though no punches were ever thrown.

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