Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai

Pulling with your Neck

From the same teacher that brought me “pulling with your lats”, here’s “pulling with your neck”. This teacher was watching me shoot yesterday and when I got to the full draw she said, “You’re letting up, keep pushing, expand.” On the next shot she pushed on my right shoulder. Afterwards I went to ask her… Continue reading Pulling with your Neck

Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Tsumeai - Correct Form

Really Pulling a Full Draw

Let me ask you a question: Are you really pulling a full draw? This is an important question and largely the focus of the seminar I attended a while ago. One of the biggest pitfalls one can find in their hikiwake (drawing the bow) as they lower the bow into kai (the full draw) is… Continue reading Really Pulling a Full Draw

Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kyudo · Tenouchi - the Grip · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Points Observed at Seminar

Forgive the brevity and lack of explanations of this post. I’ll just be jotting down really quickly short notes I took during a seminar I visited last week. Hopefully later I can go into them in more depth. -Raise elbow in daisan to take pressure off our hands in the kake. -Our hands don’t change… Continue reading Points Observed at Seminar

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Tatesen – Protecting the Vertical Line

So, it’s pretty easy to understand the first rule of kyudo: Nobiai, expansion. We must expand in the full draw and through the release. We expand equally to the left and the right and this is called the yokosen (横線). This is kyudo, and without it, we’re doing something different altogether. We are then told… Continue reading Tatesen – Protecting the Vertical Line

Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Overcoming the Desire to Hit the Target

Short answer: Focus. Long answer: it all started with a 講習会, koushuukai. I suppose you could translate it as a sort of day seminar. I went to one before my very first kyudo test to go over the formal entries, procedures, and exits in the actual dojo for the test with other real people. A… Continue reading Overcoming the Desire to Hit the Target

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%