Ikiai - Breathing · Image Training · Kyudo · Nobiai

Be Water

Bruce Lee was right when he said, “Be water.” I love this commentary by Bruce Lee, and while water can become a cup, bottle, or teapot, it can also be a great analogy for our kyudo practice. Recently I thought of two analogies using water that can help with nobiai (expansion) allowing our body to… Continue reading Be Water

Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Budo/Martial Arts · Ikiai - Breathing · Kyudo · Nobiai · Tsumeai - Correct Form

The Three Columns

The waist, the stomach, and the shoulders. This is a kind of spin-off I’m making on the three crosses (sanju-juumonji). The three crosses are considered one of the most important basic theories in shooting which brings attention to the importance of the three crosses made by the horizontal line of our feet, hips, and shoulders… Continue reading The Three Columns

Hanare - Release · Ikiai - Breathing · Kyudo · Uncategorized

Cave Wind: Ikiai

Beside the path was a small cave. The size of the hand at the height of my knee, from this black hole blew cold and constant wind. I put a leaf in front of this cave, and the leaf blew out. I dropped another leaf in front of the cave, and that one blew out… Continue reading Cave Wind: Ikiai

Ikiai - Breathing · Image Training · Kyudo

Max Belly Breathing

So here’s some new revelations for breathing methods in kyudo. Perhaps there are various types and timings of breathing. This is one I was recently told about and am trying. As I inhale while turning my head to the target I inhale big, then inhale further sticking out my belly as much as possible while… Continue reading Max Belly Breathing

Ikiai - Breathing · Kyudo

Breathing With Your Kidneys

This is something I actually picked up from Tai Chi Chuan practice before I ever even picked up a bow. The teacher was talking about breathing. We breathe with our bellies, not our chest or our shoulders. By doing so, we start to change how we feel our internal organs. Traditional Chinese medicine and martial… Continue reading Breathing With Your Kidneys

Ikiai - Breathing · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw

Grumbling Bear Breathing

Deep in the belly, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr … grumbling vibrating through the entire body. Pushing outwards from a deep cave within. This bear, my bear, I am a bear. Nobody fucks with this bear. Deep grumbling growling. … This image was brought upon in relation to two things: 1.) Forgetting about breathing and holding unecessary tension in… Continue reading Grumbling Bear Breathing

Budo/Martial Arts · Ikiai - Breathing · Kyudo

Breathing in Kyudo: Infinite Expansion

“In the beginning, if you forget about focusing on your breath, you will easily lose concentration. Always keep your breath in your center.” -Awa Kenzo, “Zen Bow, Zen Arrow”, pg. 41. 息合い, ikiai, breath, this is the connection between all archers. From beginning to end, no matter who or where, we are all given the gift of… Continue reading Breathing in Kyudo: Infinite Expansion