Budo/Martial Arts · Image Training · Kyudo · Shin - Truth

It Begins in the Mind

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

Bi - Beauty · Budo/Martial Arts · Image Training · Kyudo · Shin - Truth · Zen - Goodness

Where’s the Heart?

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?

Bi - Beauty · Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Reigi - Etiquette · Shin - Truth · Shin, Zen, Bi - Truth, Goodness, Beauty

The Power of Faith in Kyudo

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

Bi - Beauty · Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Shin - Truth · Shin, Zen, Bi - Truth, Goodness, Beauty · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements · Zen - Goodness

The Purpose of Taihai: Shin (Truth) Zen (Goodness) Bi (Beauty)

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)

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Shin - Truth · Shin, Zen, Bi - Truth, Goodness, Beauty · Tenouchi - the Grip

Kyudo Injuries and Trying to Find the Right Bow Strength

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