mhosea wrote:I think he means to put on a disarmingly pleasant countenance. Wonder if you can do that reliably under stress, however. A fake-looking disarmingly pleasant countenance would be creepy.
Which could work also.
One instructor I had worked as a bouncer and if he needed to eject someone who hadn't yet gotten physical he'd approach them with his hand out, a smile on his face and introduce himself by saying "Hello my friend, I'm Steve so and so". According to him most of the time the person he was about the eject was would get a puzzled look on his face as he reoriented his thoughts, which was enough to get control of the guy without much hassle.
JimHawkins wrote:I also have used what you could call angry eyes thing... Over the years I have wondered if using the opposite kind of emotional switch would be better though...in order to cultivate a loosening rather than a tightening of the mind and body...
Interesting thought for both parties. The Vlad Vasiliev of Systema fame talks about smiling a lot. If I'm relaxed I can move faster and less telegraphically, if the other guy is relaxed I can make certain techniques work easier.