See more while protecting your chin

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Keep your chin down!”

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I have no idea how many times I heard this from my martial arts instructor when I was (much) younger. I don’t remember for two reasons: he had to tell me this frequently, and I got hit in the head a lot.

Anyway, you don’t have to wear some tactical PJs and tie a colored belt around your waist to reap the benefits of keeping your chin down.

At the very least you’ll see more out of your peripheral vision, and if worst comes to worst you’ll help guard yourself against a knockout from a chin strike.

Here’s the exercise to prove that tilting your head slightly improves your peripheral vision:

  1. Keep your head level.
  2. Extend your arms straight out in front of you, with your index fingers pointed up, palms away from you.
  3. Slowly separate your arms until your index fingers disappear from your field of view.
  4. Tilt your head down slightly.
  5. You should be able to see your fingers now. If not, tilt your head some more. If you still can’t see your fingers, get checked for glaucoma or optic nerve damage.
  6. Separate your arms more until your fingers disappear again.
  7. Raise your head back to its natural level.

So! Tilt your head down when going around a corner or engaging in a drill. You’ll see better, and help protect your big ass dome.

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Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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