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
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
Training in kyudo can change your life. The bow can be used to make ourselves strong, focused, and develop a greater understanding of the world. We can also make some great friendships along the way. At the highest levels we can cultivate compassion and our sense of service. But it doesn’t necessarily always work out… Continue reading 4 Levels of Training
First of all, Happy New Year! Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu! Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu. What better than the turning of the year to set a new frame of mind. For me, it’s enjoying shooting the bow and arrow in kyudo. I thought of this when watching a pair of dancers that were interviewed on TV. They… Continue reading Enjoy Shooting
Kyudo is about ups and downs. It’s not a machine. It doesn’t fit nicely into a day-planner. It cannot be forced. Kyudo is a natural phenomenon of the universe, its own entity in and of itself, and at the same time an interactive member with everything else it exists along. Kyudo follows certain laws of… Continue reading Where’s the Heart?
Here’s a trick that may be able to help someone with their kao-muke (turning their head properly towards the target) and nobiai (expansion) in the full draw. In the full draw, make the tip of your nose and the tip of your right elbow as far apart as possible. This will help turn your head… Continue reading Trick to Help Kao-muke and Nobiai in the full draw
When you get a really special piece of cake, don’t you think it’s a waste to swallow the whole thing before chewing? This is what someone said to me at a tournament today. “Zac, when you eat cake, what’s it like? If it’s a really special piece of cake, do you just put it in… Continue reading Chew your Cake: The Full Draw in Kyudo