Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai

Pulling with your Neck

From the same teacher that brought me “pulling with your lats”, here’s “pulling with your neck”. This teacher was watching me shoot yesterday and when I got to the full draw she said, “You’re letting up, keep pushing, expand.” On the next shot she pushed on my right shoulder. Afterwards I went to ask her… Continue reading Pulling with your Neck

Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Tsumeai - Correct Form

Really Pulling a Full Draw

Let me ask you a question: Are you really pulling a full draw? This is an important question and largely the focus of the seminar I attended a while ago. One of the biggest pitfalls one can find in their hikiwake (drawing the bow) as they lower the bow into kai (the full draw) is… Continue reading Really Pulling a Full Draw

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Tenouchi: From the Elbow to the Fingers

“The arm from all the way from your elbow to the tips of your fingers is your tenouchi. Don’t change it from yugamae to zanshin.” This is something the hanshi sensei told one of my training partners at the seminar last week. Today my buddy told me about this and it unlocked thousands of little… Continue reading Tenouchi: From the Elbow to the Fingers