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Eye Poke. To gain time to escape, or to stop an attacker in his or her tracks, poke the attacker in the eye. For an eye poke:
- As an attack, step forward and to the side and poke the eye on that side. As a defense, step to the side to avoid the charge and poke the eye on that side.
- Jab a flat spear hand at the attacker’s eye. Do not try to poke both eyes or to use one finger, instead, poke all your fingers at one eye; that way you have greater chance of hitting the eye with at least one finger.
- Even if you miss the eye, the attacker will blink or turn away. If you merely touch the eye, it will immediately water and blur the attacker’s vision. If you hit the eye, the attacker’s threat will be drastically reduced or canceled. Either way, the eye poke will provide you with an opportunity to escape or take further action.