Why do we rush to die? We yearn for it all to be over. We yearn for a success that doesn’t even exist. It’s taken so long to get here. Think of all the moments and lives and deaths that have built up to this single moment, putting you in this pivotal moment of myriad… Continue reading The Life of an Arrow
Bruce Lee was right when he said, “Be water.” I love this commentary by Bruce Lee, and while water can become a cup, bottle, or teapot, it can also be a great analogy for our kyudo practice. Recently I thought of two analogies using water that can help with nobiai (expansion) allowing our body to… Continue reading Be Water
This is a continuation from a previous post titled, “The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses.” Gojuu-Jumonji are 5 important crosses in our form that are vital to tsumeai, and proper form that allow us to shoot a straight arrow. These crosses can be best seen in the phase of kai, the full draw. The… Continue reading The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses Part II
This is Part VI in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. It is basically understood that the Raiki-Shagi is talking about the moral side of kyudo,… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part VI: Latter Parts of the Shaho-Kun
Training in kyudo can change your life. The bow can be used to make ourselves strong, focused, and develop a greater understanding of the world. We can also make some great friendships along the way. At the highest levels we can cultivate compassion and our sense of service. But it doesn’t necessarily always work out… Continue reading 4 Levels of Training
First of all, Happy New Year! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu. What better than the turning of the year to set a new frame of mind. For me, it’s enjoying shooting the bow and arrow in kyudo. I thought of this when watching a pair of dancers that were interviewed on TV. They… Continue reading Enjoy Shooting
Kyudo is about ups and downs. It’s not a machine. It doesn’t fit nicely into a day-planner. It cannot be forced. Kyudo is a natural phenomenon of the universe, its own entity in and of itself, and at the same time an interactive member with everything else it exists along. Kyudo follows certain laws of… Continue reading Where’s the Heart?