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Greetings, In a Sword fight lots of things are happening at one time. I will attempt to share how to see these things as they happen and before they occur.
The eyes are open Large and Broad with your perception being strong. Do not be distracted from your gaze by insignificant movements of your opponent or your surroundings. I have heard the excuse," A leaf fell" and caught my eye. As you use your GAZE try to see all that is there. Keep your concentration on what can Harm you. This includes the sword that is trying to hit you. As you practice your Gaze you need to open up your peripheral vision. Even though you eyes are not moving you need to see above, below, left and right of where you are. SEE how your opponent is stanceing. Left foot forward or back, Shoulders square or on point, Breathing hard or easy. Sword High or Low. Intent on you or something else. You should try not to blink as the fight could be over that quick.
So, GAZE is Broad eyed and aware with recognition of all movements and reaction or preemptive motion being digested by your self. I suggest starting with a candle. Let your eyes rest on the flame as it flickers. Try to not move your eyes or close them as you watch. Let the flame move around your eyes as water swirling around a still finger in a running stream. Be not to close or to far, a sword length from the candle is a good starting point. As you become accustomed to the flicker of the flame, expand your GAZE to include the wick burning away. The wax slipping down the candlestick, The smoke rising from the flame and the shadows behind above below and around the flame. Do this without moving your eyes or your head. Try to be aware of all in your GAZE without losing sight of all in your GAZE. Most people when they achieve a Gaze for themselves are truly shocked at how much they were missing before. After a while you should be able to read this without following the words or the lines with your eyes.
Good luck and Keep your sword arm strong.