Ikiai - Breathing · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw

Grumbling Bear Breathing

Deep in the belly, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr … grumbling vibrating through the entire body. Pushing outwards from a deep cave within. This bear, my bear, I am a bear. Nobody fucks with this bear. Deep grumbling growling. … This image was brought upon in relation to two things: 1.) Forgetting about breathing and holding unecessary tension in… Continue reading Grumbling Bear Breathing

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hanare - Release · Image Training · Kyudo

Hanshi Teachings Part IV: Open

This is Part IV, the last of a series of posts called, “Hanshi Teachings” about things I’ve learned from the hanshi level teacher in my dojo. “Open”. I didn’t really understand it at the time. The hanshi sensei had just been telling me about keeping my thumb straight through the form. I had spent about a half… Continue reading Hanshi Teachings Part IV: Open

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Hanshi Teachings Part III: Backs of the Shoulders

This is Part III of a series of posts called, “Hanshi Teachings” about things I’ve learned from the hanshi level teacher in my dojo. It seems what the hanshi sensei has been really trying to do in teaching me techniques is to get me to relax parts of my body that I don’t need to use.… Continue reading Hanshi Teachings Part III: Backs of the Shoulders