Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Image Training · Kyudo

The Vertical Line is in your Feet

In slightly more technical terms, the tatesen (vertical line) is in your ashibumi (stance). I’ve been having trouble with my tatesen lately, trying to raise my uchiokoshi high enough, stretch my spine upwards, and effectively use my feet. So how do you use your feet in kyudo? A long time ago a teacher once told… Continue reading The Vertical Line is in your Feet

Budo/Martial Arts · Image Training · Kyudo · Shin, Zen, Bi - Truth, Goodness, Beauty

Lost on the Path: It’s Art

How can we possibly expect to pull the bow the same way every time? How can we possibly expect to keep just pulling the bow exactly how we want to? How can we possibly expect this mountain to only go straight up? We are beings of the world, melted by the sun, frozen by the… Continue reading Lost on the Path: It’s Art

Image Training · Kyudo · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Rediscovering Uchiokoshi: The Lion’s Back

When running into problems with my form I usually finding myself working backwards from the release to the earlier stages of shooting. Our release is off because of our full draw position. Our full draw position is off because of our drawing of the bow. Our drawing of the bow is off because of a… Continue reading Rediscovering Uchiokoshi: The Lion’s Back

Image Training · Kyudo

Rediscover Life

I thank the kami for striking me down, or I guess myself, for making many mistakes and running into all the glass walls in front of me. I’m thankful for forgetting all of the wonderful things I’ve realized in my short life thus far, because it gives me a feeling of adventure when I finally… Continue reading Rediscover Life

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Tournaments

Beer Training in Kyudo

Aren’t you all forgetting one of the most important training aspects to kyudo??? BEER! Seriously, it has to do with being able to do our best in tournaments and tests, or anytime really. So in order to you to fully realize your potential, drink beer. What it really has to do with is heijoushin, which… Continue reading Beer Training in Kyudo

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Shin - Truth

Why is Discipline Important in Kyudo?

Discipline is a concept often affiliated with kyudo. It seems obvious. The same could be said for martial arts in general. Perhaps of all the key words that go along with martial arts, wouldn’t you put “discipline” near the top? But what about “freedom”? What about the “art” in martial arts? And the “way” in… Continue reading Why is Discipline Important in Kyudo?

Kyudo · Uncategorized

Long Hiatus and Beard-Haters in Japan

Hisashi buri! Long time no chat folks. Not due to a lack of bow and arrow in my life, but rather very much the opposite … plus giant bucket loads of other life deals flowing around. It’s at times like these I remember what a luxury it is to be able to consistently work on… Continue reading Long Hiatus and Beard-Haters in Japan