Ikiai - Breathing · Kyudo

Breathing With Your Kidneys

This is something I actually picked up from Tai Chi Chuan practice before I ever even picked up a bow. The teacher was talking about breathing. We breathe with our bellies, not our chest or our shoulders. By doing so, we start to change how we feel our internal organs. Traditional Chinese medicine and martial… Continue reading Breathing With Your Kidneys

Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Tournaments

Reducing Nervousness and Building Consistency

“8 second zanshin. 8 second zanshin. 8 second zanshin …” Hold the full draw for eight seconds, and focus on the final zanshin posture to ensure complete release of the arrow. This is my mantra, and it helps to reduce nervousness and build consistency. I decided to repeat and focus on this mantra in my… Continue reading Reducing Nervousness and Building Consistency

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

Freedom in Discipline

The natural instinct is to resist the chains. We fight as ennobled beasts seeking to break the whip of calculations. In doing so, we are simple robots blindly following what our lazy beings find to be easiest. Instead, in order to be free of our internal cages, we look back at ourselves, the mirrors that… Continue reading Freedom in Discipline

Kihontai - Fundamental Form · Kyudo · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

The Importance of Taihai Part III: Kihon No Shisei and Kihon Dousa

So, in part one we defined taihai (all the movements we do in the shooting area that doesn’t involve shooting [though it’s also a part of shooting]), in part two we talked about how one needs to make a proper toriyumi shisei (basic posture of holding the bow and arrows while not shooting) in order… Continue reading The Importance of Taihai Part III: Kihon No Shisei and Kihon Dousa

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kyudo · Reigi - Etiquette · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture

Welcome to Part II of this short series investigating the importance of taihai. In the last post I talked about what taihai is, and here I would like to talk about the importance of the toriyumi posture on taihai. Just to review, taihai are basically all the movements we perform in the shooting area before,… Continue reading The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture