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This method requires an external distraction to be truly effective. Two methods are preferred, one being Kiai, the spirit shout. Sometimes called the "attack by intimidation," the Kiai is a belly shout drawn from the Hara. It is a scream of total commitment. Charge the enemy from out of range, feinting a ferocious attack to the eyes. This attack must be sufficiently terrifying to startle the enemy and make him cover his own eyes in defense. The Kiai may be employed effectively with the Kasumi technique.

Sha Nei Mu, or "sand in the eyes," is the second distraction which is used to temporarily blind the enemy. Some schools devise complex fomulae for their blinding powders. Itching and sneezing dust are two obvious examples. In ancient times these were stored in hollowed-out eggshells, so they could be brought quickly into play. A handful of native dirt will produce the same effect if one can be surreptitiously obtained.

Fig. 107 -Cup the right palm lightly, keeping the dust concealed from the enemy. Swing the arm in a semicircular arc, crossing from the right to left hip, up to the left shoulder, then back in front of the right shoulder. Abruptly stop the right palm in an extended shoulder-block position, casting the powder into the face of the enemy. As you begin the casting movement, step toward tile left. This will give the impression that you are attempting to flee in that direction and distract the enemy's attention from the action of the right arm.

Fig. 108 -As the enemy gropes forward toward what he believes to be your position, duck under his attack to his lead side. In this way you will have less distance to travel to get behind him. This is an extended variation of the Spinning Back Pivot found in Inpo. Fix your attention on the left temple of the enemy. This is where you will strike him should he somehow not have been blinded. If you are close enough to the enemy, the action of casting will carry your extended finger tips horizontally across the enemy's eyes, producing the desired ef-feet. This attack is also found in Wing Chun, but is followed by a palm-up finger jab.

Fig. 109-Execute the second half of the Mi Lu pivot, slipping by the enemy as his grasp closes on emptiness. You are now invisible behind his left shoulder. Continue to target his left temple. You may now pivot into the final Mi Lu position and assume a stance behind the enemy, or dart behind cover to vanish, or simply flee (Fig. 110)

Fig. 108 -As the enemy gropes forward toward what he believes to be your position, duck under his attack to his lead side. In this way you will have less distance to travel to get behind him. This is an extended variation of the Spinning Back Pivot found in Inpo. Fix your attention on the left temple of the enemy. This is where you will strike him should he somehow not have been blinded. If you are close enough to the enemy, the action of casting will carry your extended finger tips horizontally across the enemy's eyes, producing the desired ef-feet. This attack is also found in Wing Chun, but is followed by a palm-up finger jab.

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