Open. That’s it. I was reading an interview of a martial artist who was asked about a particular phrase that rings true with his practice, or something like that, and so it got me thinking about my own. I couldn’t think of a catchy one off the top of my head, or anything that really… Continue reading Open
Last week was my first time going to the yearly tournament in Kyoto. I went for one night and two full days and it was well worth the valuable time and heaps of money spent. For those that have been, then you probably know how I feel, and for those who haven’t, I urge you… Continue reading Reflections on Kyoto
How to prevent right shoulder pain in kyudo: 1.) Don’t raise the shoulder (particularly in the phases of uchiokoshi and daisan) 2.) Don’t pull your right elbow behind your back (pull it directly to the side, pushing it outwards with your shoulder blades standing straight up) 3.) Protect proper posture made with the kihontai (fundamental… Continue reading How to Prevent Shoulder Pain in Kyudo
The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo. The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo is not a small technical difficulty like putting your elbow here, or your hand here, our your shoulder here, releasing too early (hayake), or not hitting the target. The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo is “wanting to hit the target.” If you’re at all familiar with… Continue reading Blogging Blues and the Greatest Sickness in Kyudo
This is a continuation in a series of posts about my shoulder injury with kyudo. I am not a doctor and so everything must be taken with a grain of salt, but maybe you have experienced an injury in kyudo and can gain some helpful information from my small experience. Please don’t hesitate to write… Continue reading Shoulder Update and the Importance of the Horizontal and Vertical Crosses
Well, it’s been almost three weeks since I’ve pulled the bow, and I’ve got about 5 days left until I’m planning to go back, which will make my time away about 3 and a half weeks in total. There is an upcoming seminar I want to go to which won’t involve all that much shooting,… Continue reading Shoulder Update and Kyudo Manual Volume 2 “Kyohon Dai-Nikan”
2 sets of 7 minutes. Welcome to “kiza”, kyudo’s most dreaded torture sitting position. This sitting position is required in “sharei”, ceremonial shooting performed during tests and special occasions, unless you perform “rissha”, the standing version. Rissha is performed if one cannot sit in kiza for the decided amount of times due to physical conditions… Continue reading How Long Should I Practice Sitting in Kiza?