Have you ever thought that underneath our surface layer of white lines, these pictures, and images, and videos, and explanations, and monies, and promises, and smiles … Underneath these right-angle stones, are dark truths with big guns that do whatever they like? Have you ever thought, that demons really are real, except that they are… Continue reading Have You Ever Thought?
Forgive the brevity and lack of explanations of this post. I’ll just be jotting down really quickly short notes I took during a seminar I visited last week. Hopefully later I can go into them in more depth. -Raise elbow in daisan to take pressure off our hands in the kake. -Our hands don’t change… Continue reading Points Observed at Seminar
Last weekend I went to a koushuukai (seminar) in Oita City. During that time, I received vast amounts of technical wisdom. In the next post I will quickly jot down the big points I took note of, and later on I hope to go over a few of those points in further detail. I also sat… Continue reading Kyudo Revolutions: Goodbye “You have to…”
Kyudo fosters traits like patience, refraining from unnecessary action, and moderation. We are taught to make each arrow the best arrow we shoot, and to do so only with the greatest of honor and care. Seeking honesty, we often avoid side tracking distractions, and focus just on this one path. It’s almost like when we… Continue reading Change and Reps
We strive to be our very best, the very best archer that ever existed in the universe. We seek complete honesty and honor while holding the bow. We take everything very seriously, take advantage of every breath possible, take all the knowledge and experience we can get. Only one life! We could die at any… Continue reading Secret Japanese Secret
My recent downward spiral has continued further. No matter how hard I try to apply certain techniques and balance everything with my breathing, it’s all fallen apart and my mind darts around my body amid shooting, sending my arrows every which way. But I think I’ve found a way out of this pit. At today’s… Continue reading When it all Unravels, Find Your Feet
So here’s some new revelations for breathing methods in kyudo. Perhaps there are various types and timings of breathing. This is one I was recently told about and am trying. As I inhale while turning my head to the target I inhale big, then inhale further sticking out my belly as much as possible while… Continue reading Max Belly Breathing
Sometimes just hitting the target isn’t the most important thing we’re doing in kyudo. In fact, something more important than hitting the target is communicating with others in kyudo. Like learning to hit the target, this can be a very frustrating endeavor, and yet it is one we must address. Perhaps because it is so… Continue reading Communication in Kyudo
Let us fall. Let us suffer. What do you have to fear? Seeking success, obsessively seeking success, clawing tight when it seems to slip, and pulling the safety net beneath ourselves just before we fall. “It’s OK. We’re important. We’re special.” It seems false so we shock ourselves out of thought with 30 second clips… Continue reading Let Us Fall
I’m tired of this stupid tenouchi (gripping technique on the bow) and it’s time to change. I’ve been told the same things for years but never listened. I’ve been chiseling small spots around it for improvement, but it’s time for a revolution. This entire fist is going to change its axis of rotation, and my… Continue reading This Damn Tenouchi!