The bird, the bridge, and the rabbit. The bird is your left hand that grips the bow. The bridge is the arrow that connects left and right. The rabbit is the right hand that grips the string. … The left hand is the bird. The bird closes his beak naturally, without unnecessary force. Like an… Continue reading The Bird, the Bridge, and the Rabbit
Fools. It starts in the mind. Set foot to the mark without proper preparation, and a thousand arrows will be a thousand nails in the coffin. Shoot one honest arrow. And another if you can. And another. Until that single arrow is the only thing you know. Who commands your arrow? Teachers who frown disappointingly… Continue reading It Begins in the Mind
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?