Everything in its excess turns to its opposite. Or something like that, goes the I-Ching. For the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of training and reading producing massive amounts of ideas I’ve wanted to put into words on the blog, but the time wasn’t there. Now, I have this strange void of… Continue reading When Too Much Turns into Nothing
Open. That’s it. I was reading an interview of a martial artist who was asked about a particular phrase that rings true with his practice, or something like that, and so it got me thinking about my own. I couldn’t think of a catchy one off the top of my head, or anything that really… Continue reading Open
Last week was my first time going to the yearly tournament in Kyoto. I went for one night and two full days and it was well worth the valuable time and heaps of money spent. For those that have been, then you probably know how I feel, and for those who haven’t, I urge you… Continue reading Reflections on Kyoto
How to prevent right shoulder pain in kyudo: 1.) Don’t raise the shoulder (particularly in the phases of uchiokoshi and daisan) 2.) Don’t pull your right elbow behind your back (pull it directly to the side, pushing it outwards with your shoulder blades standing straight up) 3.) Protect proper posture made with the kihontai (fundamental… Continue reading How to Prevent Shoulder Pain in Kyudo
The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo. The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo is not a small technical difficulty like putting your elbow here, or your hand here, our your shoulder here, releasing too early (hayake), or not hitting the target. The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo is “wanting to hit the target.” If you’re at all familiar with… Continue reading Blogging Blues and the Greatest Sickness in Kyudo
This is a kind of continuation from the past few posts on the “Kyudo Injuries: Shoulder” series discussing the causes and effects of a shoulder injury I’ve had from practicing shooting the bow and arrow. As an update I’ve been taking medicine, rubbing creams, and going to rehabilitation with a physical trainer for about an… Continue reading Are You Susceptible to Shoulder Injuries in Kyudo?
The human and the animal mind. “Thinking” and “reacting.” In kyudo there is a lot of talk about meaning and theory. The questions we ask are based upon a lot of “why”s and “how”s. “Why do we do this movement?” “How does this activity affect my life?” These types of questions are important to kyudo,… Continue reading The Human and Animal Mind in Kyudo