Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hanare - Release · Kyudo

Wake Up: Meditative States in Kyudo

I often find myself in a kind of trance during my shootings … and I’m trying to wake up from it. It usually happens when I’m shooting alone, or when I’m with only a few other people and not talking much. My eyes are half open and glazed, an hour passes without my knowledge, and… Continue reading Wake Up: Meditative States in Kyudo

Hanare - Release · Kyudo · Tenouchi - the Grip · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Two Vital Points of the Tenouchi

The tenouchi I’m speaking of refers to our grip on the bow, and here I will talk about two points vital to its effective use. First, is keeping the bottom of our hand in contact with the bow. Second, is closing the gap between the base of the thumb and the tip of the middle… Continue reading Two Vital Points of the Tenouchi

Hanare - Release · Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Image Training · Kyudo

Keep it Cool, Not 100%

Huge progress at practice today. I may have found the single cause to a lot of problems I’ve had with my shooting lately. Basically … I’ve been pulling to hard. In the full draw I’m maxed out at 100%, so when it comes time for the release I have nowhere to go but yurumu, make… Continue reading Keep it Cool, Not 100%

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hanare - Release · Image Training · Kyudo

Hanshi Teachings Part IV: Open

This is Part IV, the last of a series of posts called, “Hanshi Teachings” about things I’ve learned from the hanshi level teacher in my dojo. “Open”. I didn’t really understand it at the time. The hanshi sensei had just been telling me about keeping my thumb straight through the form. I had spent about a half… Continue reading Hanshi Teachings Part IV: Open

Hanare - Release · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo

Hanshi Teachings Part I: Two Golden Rules of Kyudo Technique

This is Part I of a series of posts called, “Hanshi Teachings” about things I’ve learned from the hanshi level teacher in my dojo. One time I was practicing with the hanshi sensei and he noticed that my kai, full draw, was really short. Not in space, but time. Instead of 6 to 8 seconds like… Continue reading Hanshi Teachings Part I: Two Golden Rules of Kyudo Technique