Why do we rush to die? We yearn for it all to be over. We yearn for a success that doesn’t even exist. It’s taken so long to get here. Think of all the moments and lives and deaths that have built up to this single moment, putting you in this pivotal moment of myriad… Continue reading The Life of an Arrow
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?
Strength, intelligence, and faith, are each very important qualities to have as an archer on the path of kyudo. But which is the most important? For each way of shooting there is a different way of looking at this. For each archer there is a different way of shooting. So what I’m trying to say… Continue reading The Power of Faith in Kyudo
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?