Do You Occlude? What Is Occlusion Training

What Is Occlusion Training?

Occlusion training is a type of exercise that involves wearing clothing or other objects over your eyes. The purpose of this type of exercise is to reduce glare from bright lights such as sunlight, streetlights, and even computer screens. Some exercises are designed to increase blood flow to the eye area while others are meant to decrease it. There are many different types of occlusions and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages.

The Benefits Of Occlusion Training For Your Eyes

There are several reasons why you might want to wear some sort of occluding object over your eyes. These include:

You may not like the way the sun looks at times when it’s shining directly into your eyes. A simple solution would be to cover them with sunglasses or something similar so that you don’t get burned easily.

Sometimes you just want to look at something else. If you’re trying to concentrate on reading a book, but the light coming through the window makes it difficult, then covering your eyes will make it easier for you.

Occlusion training can improve your concentration and focus if done correctly. When doing a task that requires concentration or attention, sometimes it helps to take away some of those distractions temporarily. You could use occlusion training as part of a regular workout routine.

The Drawbacks Of Occlusion Training

Just like anything else, there are also some problems with occlusion training. You don’t want to stay in the dark for too long of a period of time, as the lack of sunlight can cause your body to have trouble performing some of its natural functions. There is also the chance that you might get headaches after having your eyes covered for a long time.

Some people also feel nauseous or have a hard time sleeping after doing some occlusion training.

How Occlusion Training Can Be Used For Exercise

If you want to start occlusion training, then you’re going to need to get a few things first. You’re going to need some sort of eye wear that covers your eyes entirely, like sunglasses or swim goggles for example. You’re also going to need a laptop or some sort of screen like a phone or a tablet.

If you don’t have any of these things, then it’s probably better if you don’t do occlusion training at all.

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When doing occlusion training for the first time, you should start out with short sessions. Make sure that the glasses you’re using doesn’t completely block your vision. Also, be sure to start out with sessions that are less than five minutes.

You can always increase the time of your sessions as you get more used to it.

There are two different types of occlusion training sessions that you can do: static and dynamic. Static occlusion training is when you simply focus on a screen in front of you without moving at all for a set amount of time. With dynamic occlusion training, you’re going to focus on a screen in front of you and perform a set amount of repetitive motions at the same time.

When doing any sort of exercise routine, it’s always best to start out slow. Don’t immediately jump into a 60 minute workout if you’ve never done occlusion training before. Start out with 10 minute sessions and gradually increase your time as you get more comfortable with the process.

Static Occlusion Training

When doing static occlusion training, you’re going to want to choose a screen that’s at least 14 to 18 inches in size. You don’t want the screen to be too big or else your eyes have to move around too much and that takes your focus away from the screen you’re staring at. You also don’t want the screen to be too small, as you’ll get tired of staring at it after a few minutes.

When staring at the screen, you’re going to want to make sure that the lighting in the room is completely dark. If there is even the smallest bit of light in the room, it can cause problems with your training. The last thing you want to do is ruin your vision.

The types of things you can focus on while doing static occlusion training are pretty much endless. You can run through a quick exercise routine, go through a work presentation, read something, or even play a video game. As long as you’re not moving your eyes around and you’re focused on a single screen in front of you, then you’re doing it correctly.

When doing dynamic occlusion training, the concept is pretty much the same. You’re going to be focusing on a single screen while performing a set of repetitive exercises in front of you. As your eyes start to feel tired from focusing on a single screen, you’re going to start shaking your head back and forth slowly.

This helps to increase blood flow to your eyes and helps to keep them focused.

As with static occlusion training, the types of things you can do while doing dynamic occlusion training are endless. You can play a sport, run through a kata, dance, or even just perform some basic punches and kicks. As long as you’re concentrating on a single thing while moving your eyes as little as possible, then you’re doing it right.

As good as static and dynamic occlusion training are for helping you achieve 20/20 vision, they still aren’t going to be enough for most people. Most people will probably still need to wear glasses or contacts if they want to achieve perfect vision. There are other forms of vision training that can help you strengthen your eyesight further.

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The first of these methods is known as eye-strengthening goggles. These are special goggles that have lenses in them that restrict your vision to a certain point. When you first begin wearing them, you’ll only be able to see small objects in the middle of your vision.

As you continue to wear them, your eye strength increases and you’ll eventually be able to see things at the edge of your vision. Wearing these for extended periods of time can also help nightblindness.

The other, less common form of training, is known as eye-strengthening glasses. These are only used for people who are already nearsighted, and have almost no effect on blindness or foresight.

It can take a long time to strengthen your eyes with these measures, but if you really want 20/20 vision than these types of exercises are the only real way to get it.

Seeing clearly is something that you probably take for granted every single day of your life. For some people, however, this is something that they can never take for granted. They’re cursed with a condition known as blindness or central vision impairment.

This is where people are unable to see objects in the center of their vision in any more detail than the average person.

These people are unable to see clearly no matter how hard they try, and it often puts them at a great disadvantage when it comes to anything that requires precision work. Some of these people have turned to certain arts to make up for their lack of vision.

These arts are known as Musashi’s Martial Arts.

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The art is designed to help its users overcome their visual impairments by training other senses to a degree that they’re as good as their natural opposite.

The martial art itself relies on agility, speed, precision, and timing. It focuses on relying on every sense possible in order to win a fight rather than brute strength. It’s focus is to rely on what you can naturally do as oppose to using something like a bō or a sword to fight with.

These arts are also know as the Way of Seeing due to the entire martial art revolving around seeing everything as perfectly as possible, even without eyesight. After years and years of training, one is able to dodge and maneuver around objects with extreme precision.

Musashi’s Martial Arts are not a common thing in most parts of the world. It originated in a small island nation known as Konomi, where even today it is still the most popular past time there. Most Konomians have no interest in leaving their island, so spreading the art form is not something they’re interested in.

This leaves those outside of Konomi to either become masters of the art themselves or to memorize the techniques and train themselves. Most people outside of Konomi won’t have as much success as those within it since they don’t have the same natural abilities and senses that a Konomian has.

Still, this doesn’t stop most people from at least trying to learn it. For those that do manage to master it, their abilities are said to be as good without eyesight as most people are with it. They’re able to sense relative location of objects, except they can do it with pinpoint accuracy.

Their speed and agility are also enhanced to a degree that’s almost superhuman.

There is a darker side effect of this martial art, however. It’s so mentally taxing that most who train in it go insane with frustration. Even those with the right mindset aren’t guaranteed to master it, as it takes the utmost of focus and concentration.

Some people have managed to become masters without going crazy, but most who actually manage to achieve the title are usually on their way into that territory. These ‘masters’ are able to use their mental instability as a weapon. Due to their mental state, most are able to feign unconsciousness or behave erratically during a fight in order to throw their enemies off guard.

This usually isn’t enough to take down the average soldier of any nation, though it can be useful against mages and those who rely on tactics rather than raw strength.

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There are a few other combat arts that you’ve become somewhat familiar with, but Musashi’s Martial Arts is your preferred style. You could probably beat most generic warriors with just your fists, but there aren’t many people left who don’t know how to fight without relying on weapons or magic.

Speaking of magic, even that’s evolved. Not only are there actual magic-users, but there are also scholars who have studied the forbidden arts of necromancy. These ‘necromancers’ or ‘skaymatics’, as they’re called, have managed to manipulate the essence of life itself.

They’re able to do things such as reattach severed limbs, bring people back from the dead, and even create undead abominations.

Their experiments with death magic aren’t limited to just that, though. Some of the darker magics actually involve the consumption of life. It’s possible for them to consume the life force of others in order to regenerate themselves.

These people are just as bad, if not worse than the svelk. The fact that they’re playing around with death itself makes them even worse in your opinion.

These are just a few of the enemies you have to deal with on a daily basis. Of course, you still have to deal with the other perils of travel. You always remember your first real mission, which was to deliver a message to another Eternals camp in Rask.

This was before you’d been trained by Warrick or learned any sort of combat skills. Your only advantage was that of surprise, since nobody expected a young boy to represent the Empire.

Before you left, Galen gave you a few pieces of advice. First, he suggested that you find an experienced warrior in each new town or city you come across and ask to speak with them. If they accept, you’re to tell them that Galen sent you and that you’d like to join them.

The warrior will most likely respond by testing you with a fight.

If you win, they’ll welcome you into their ranks and probably ask you to join them. If you lose, well, you won’t have to worry about the troubles of being an Eternal anymore.

Second, if all the prominent warriors in a given city seem unwilling to help you or are too hostile towards you, you’re to seek out someone described as a ‘grey-beard’. These are usually the more experienced members of a given city who have families and other such things. They won’t be quite as skilled as the younger warriors, but they should still know what they’re doing.

While your main goal is to reach the city of Kayla, you have to travel through the rural areas of Rask first. The nearest populated area is a place called Teckleville, a town that has existed long before the Empire ever showed up. It’s filled with hostile ‘townies’ and ne’er-do-wells of various races.

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As you make your way towards Teckleville, you run into trouble right away. A group of orcs attacks you along with a couple of ogres. The ogres are slow and stupid, but their great clubs can smash you into a bloody smear quickly enough.

The orcs are smaller than you, but there are quite a few of them.

Once again, it looks like you’ve gotten yourself in over your head quite quickly.

“They’ll have my head back in Rask if I come back without your head,” Warrick says, raising his sword.

The pair of you clash and the ringing of steel on steel echoes through the countryside.

Now that you’re older, you’ve become fast friends with Warrick. You both train together and your skills have improved greatly. While the two of you mostly agree on most things, you don’t always agree on methods of training.

His Eternals are all hard-trained fighters in order to be effective soldiers for the Empire. You on the other hand, favor a more all-around approach that will allow you to handle any situation.

Neither one is wrong or right, but your methods do lend themselves to developing a slightly different breed of Eternal than the ones Warrick trains.

Currently the pair of you are running through drills that focus on fighting with your off hand. He attempts to trip you up by having you switch the wines of your weapons, even taking away your weapon in the middle of the fight.

Still, you manage to adapt and even land a couple of hits on him.

“Not bad,” Warrick says, “but remember, even when fighting with your off hand, an Eternal is still more than a match for most.”

You have to agree with him there. Even without the same amount of skill, you’re still faster and stronger than most people, let alone other teenagers.

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“Alright, let’s try something else,” Warrick says.

He hands you a dagger and takes a step back. You look at the weapon curiously since you’ve never used one before.

“Just throw it at me,” he says.

Isn’t this a training sword?”

you ask.

“I said just throw it at me.”

You look at him cautiously and throw the dagger. He spins out of the way and draws his own weapon before the dagger clangs into a nearby tree.

What if I hadn’t dodged?”

he asks.

“I guess you’d be dead,” you say.

“And that’s the problem. If you’re going to be facing an enemy who is actually trying to kill you, you can’t assume your opponent is going to cooperate by standing still and letting you throw knives or axes at them.

Even if they do, are you going to rely on luck to survive?

No, you need to be skilled enough to win regardless of your foe’s actions.”

You shrug at this logic. He’s probably right, but all of this just seems so boring.

“Alright, pick up the dagger and let’s continue,” he says.

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It’s times like this you’re glad you have Warrick around to keep you focused.

At least you hope he’s around for a while. With the way things have been going on this border, it wouldn’t surprise you if the war came to Callax soon.

Year 18

“The Felkan Kingdom has been a thorn in the Empire’s side for too long,” Captain Valhlat says, “and it’s high time we remove it.”

He then turns to you and Warrick.

“Ergent Elam, Warrick, you’ll be coming with me on the main assault. The rest of the class will remain here at Fort Glory and continue their training.”

You all board the stormcoach and begin the ride to the Felkan border. Captain Valhlat is in a particularly talkative mood and spends most of the trip reminiscing about his days as a young soldier fighting the Felkans.

“We’ll be facing a lot of them this time,” he says, “the Felkans have been reinforcing their borders with the latest in their new technology. But make no mistake, our guns are still better.”

You and Warrick sit quietly. While you’re both experienced soldiers, you still get a little nervous dealing with Captain Valhlat. His eternal youth and enthusiasm can be a bit daunting at times.

“It’s quite an honor to be chosen to go on this mission,” he says. “The three of us were the first to be trained under Sergeant Joachim’s program. The three of us are going to be the ones who finally put an end to the Felkans once and for all.”

He then turns his head toward you.

“Which is why I’m glad you’ve been doing so well in your other training with Warrick here. Between the two of you, I have no doubt that you’ll be able to handle whatever the Felkans send at us.”

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Warrick smiles at you briefly, but then his look turns stern as his captain addresses him.

“Now Warrick, I know you’re a good soldier and loyal to the Empire, but I need to remind you that you’re still not fully recovered. Try not to push yourself too hard, because we’ll be needing you at one hundred percent.”

“I understand, sir,” Warrick says.

Captain Valhlat nods and takes a puff from his pipe. The rest of the trip is spent in silence as you all think about what’s coming next.

Eventually the stormcoach enters the town of Naleen, which is just one step above a small village. The Felkans have been mobilizing their population and you can’t help but notice the large number of young men that look like they’ve been through one too many wars. They glare at you as you disembark and head into the local tavern, which has a sign that reads “Mrs.

Prosper’s Boarding House and Tavern.”

Valhlat enters the tavern and you and Warrick follow. The tavern is filled with a rowdy bunch, but they do nothing but stare at the newcomers in silence.

“Boring place,” Captain Valhlat says.

He heads over to the bar to talk to the barkeeper, leaving you and Warrick free to explore on your own. There isn’t much to see though except a bunch of disheveled men and women sitting at their tables. Most of them are scarred, tattooed and have a very hostile glower.

There is one woman who stands out from the rest though.

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She’s sitting by herself in the corner. Unlike the others she isn’t scarred or tattooed and is dressed in a very revealing dress. If you had to guess, you’d assume she was a merchant who had wandered in here by accident.

Regardless, she shouldn’t be around these types. You walk over to her.

“Hello,” you say, “I’d advise you to leave this place as soon as possible.”

Oh,” she says, “and why is that?”

“These people are very dangerous. Even I, as skilled as I am, wouldn’t feel comfortable facing the lot of them alone. I can only imagine what they might do to a defenseless woman such as yourself.”

Suddenly Warrick buts in.

What are you doing? Trying to pick up this woman? If you like her so much, why don’t you go buy her drinks and talk to her at the bar like a normal person?”

Warrick then grabs you by the shoulder and pushes you towards the bar. You try to shrug him off, but he only grips tighter.

“Hey!” you say, “Let go of me!”

“Not until you calm down,” Warrick says, “You know there’s no reason to be jealous.”

“I’m not jealous! I’m just looking out for her, we don’t know anything about her.”

“Neither do I, but I’m not going to start accusing her of being a traitor!”

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“Well maybe you’re the traitor! Maybe you’ve been tricked into thinking the Empire is a just institution! All I’m saying is we should watch her.”

At this point Warrick stops pushing you and you realize you’ve gotten everyone’s attention. Your face is now inches away from Warrick’s and you’re eye to eye.

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