What is the purpose of taihai? You know, all of the movements incorporated into the art of kyudo like walking and standing and bowing that aren’t actually pulling the bow. The answer was hiding in front of my face the whole time and I didn’t even realize it. The purpose of taihai is the same… Continue reading The Purpose of Taihai: Shin (Truth) Zen (Goodness) Bi (Beauty)
When you’re down, you’re down, and it’s hard … seemingly impossible to get out. Maybe it feels completely impossible to get out. We get lost, stuck, and disheartened. My posts here are about the bow, and this is definitely been my state in kyudo lately, but it is inseparable from everything else in our lives.… Continue reading Stay Alive
What’s the right bow strength for you? Most teachers, books, and practitioners will say something to the effect of, “You should use the bow strength that’s right for you.” This statement sounds simple, but it’s one I’ve rejected for most of my time with the bow. Now I’m finally coming to understand it. … My… Continue reading Kyudo Injuries and Trying to Find the Right Bow Strength
Discipline is a concept often affiliated with kyudo. It seems obvious. The same could be said for martial arts in general. Perhaps of all the key words that go along with martial arts, wouldn’t you put “discipline” near the top? But what about “freedom”? What about the “art” in martial arts? And the “way” in… Continue reading Why is Discipline Important in Kyudo?
I look at a bow, and I look at a gun. I see only beauty in the bow, and nothing but cold steel in the gun. I take the bow, but I don’t know why. I know there’s a reason for this, something far across the mist, but I don’t know what it is. For… Continue reading I Don’t Know What Kyudo Means
Kyudo fosters traits like patience, refraining from unnecessary action, and moderation. We are taught to make each arrow the best arrow we shoot, and to do so only with the greatest of honor and care. Seeking honesty, we often avoid side tracking distractions, and focus just on this one path. It’s almost like when we… Continue reading Change and Reps
Shin, Zen, Bi. 真、善、美。 Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. This is one of the cardinal concepts of kyudo. Truth is utilized to shoot a straight arrow. Goodness is in the physical effects of Truth on the outside world. It is hitting the mark. And there is Beauty, the untouchable result of Truth and Goodness. Or at… Continue reading Beauty in Relaxation