Hanare - Release · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai

Yasuji: The Invisible Line of the Arrow and the Creative Powers of Kyudo

Yasuji. Just look at it. Can you see it? Seeing is the first step, for all those like me who can’t do it right from the start. The “yasuji” is literally translated from Japanese as, “arrow line.” Take a look at the arrow, and imagine a straight line extending forever from both ends. In the… Continue reading Yasuji: The Invisible Line of the Arrow and the Creative Powers of Kyudo

Hanare - Release · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Tenouchi - the Grip · Tsumeai - Correct Form

The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses

For those that are looking for secret techniques, enjoy some time in the mist, and I bet you’ll find yourself right back to the beginning. But that’s great news, because you’ll find yourself at the greatest source of technique there is, the basics. The longer I practice kyudo, the more appreciation I have for those… Continue reading The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses

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%