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Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part IV: Source of the Raiki-Shagi, the “Book of Rites”

This is Part IV in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. In this post I will talk about invaluable background information on the Raiki-Shagi, a little… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part IV: Source of the Raiki-Shagi, the “Book of Rites”

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Kyudo Books · Reigi - Etiquette

Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part III: Raiki Shagi and Rei (礼)

This is part III in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. In this post I’d like to talk specifically about the history of the Raiki-Shagi and… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part III: Raiki Shagi and Rei (礼)

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Kyudo Books

Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part I

RAIKI-SHAGI Record of Etiquette – Truth of Shooting The shooting, with the round of moving forward or backward can never be without courtesy and propriety (Rei). After having acquired the right inner intention and correctness in the outward appearance, the bow and arrow can be handled resolutely. To shoot in this way is to perform… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part I

Bi - Beauty · Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Reigi - Etiquette · Shin - Truth · Shin, Zen, Bi - Truth, Goodness, Beauty

The Power of Faith in Kyudo

Strength, intelligence, and faith, are each very important qualities to have as an archer on the path of kyudo. But which is the most important? For each way of shooting there is a different way of looking at this. For each archer there is a different way of shooting. So what I’m trying to say… Continue reading The Power of Faith in Kyudo

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Deserts and Frost in the Full Draw

I’ve been working on expanding throughout the process of “kai”, (the full draw) in shooting, and trying to expand the time as well, pushing through the desire to pre-release the arrow before its time. I usually count in the full draw to see how long I hold it because it helps me to know how… Continue reading Deserts and Frost in the Full Draw

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Part II: The Real “Sutemi”

In the last post I talked about a word called, “sutemi” (捨て身) which translates as “throwing away the body.” In that post I talked about the “cool” sutemi, which talks about overcoming the trials of the body to achieve something greater. It’s the kind of thing you want to hear when you read about martial… Continue reading Part II: The Real “Sutemi”