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

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Tsumeai - Correct Form · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses Part II

This is a continuation from a previous post titled, “The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses.” Gojuu-Jumonji are 5 important crosses in our form that are vital to tsumeai, and proper form that allow us to shoot a straight arrow. These crosses can be best seen in the phase of kai, the full draw. The… Continue reading The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses Part II

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

Budo/Martial Arts · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai

Trick to Help Kao-muke and Nobiai in the full draw

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

Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Be a Tree

Be a tree. Put yourself in the ground and be a tree. Let your waist be submerged in the ground, with your long legs as roots reaching down and out deep. Sprouting from the ground is our torso, built around the shaft of our spine that reaches straight up to the sky. Our arms are… Continue reading Be a Tree