Eye usage in Tai Chi:
It’s important to understand that your eyes lead your intention and your intention leads your chi. The more powerful and focused your intention, the more powerful and focused your chi.
1st level – you ‘look’ at the leading limb where it’s contacting the opponent to send your chi to that point.
This has to then be internalised and sustained for the whole form.
2nd level – on top of that you then also ‘see’ the other limb using peripheral vision and how that is being used to manipulate the opponent in its passive form.
This also has to then be internalised and sustained for the whole form.
3rd level – on top of that you now also ‘perceive’ the opponent to discharge the energy into them.
The 1st and 2nd levels build energy and 3rd discharges it.
To build the skill it has to be trained in this order and this way.