Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Kyudo Books · Reigi - Etiquette · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements · Uncategorized

Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part V: Jin (仁) “Humanity is our Virtue”

This is Part V in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. It’s been a while since the last post in this series, for a lot of… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part V: Jin (仁) “Humanity is our Virtue”

Kihontai - Fundamental Form · Kyudo Books · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements · Tsumeai - Correct Form · Uncategorized

Shoulder Update and the Importance of the Horizontal and Vertical Crosses

This is a continuation in a series of posts about my shoulder injury with kyudo. I am not a doctor and so everything must be taken with a grain of salt, but maybe you have experienced an injury in kyudo and can gain some helpful information from my small experience. Please don’t hesitate to write… Continue reading Shoulder Update and the Importance of the Horizontal and Vertical Crosses

Kyudo · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

How Long Should I Practice Sitting in Kiza?

2 sets of 7 minutes. Welcome to “kiza”, kyudo’s most dreaded torture sitting position. This sitting position is required in “sharei”, ceremonial shooting performed during tests and special occasions, unless you perform “rissha”, the standing version. Rissha is performed if one cannot sit in kiza for the decided amount of times due to physical conditions… Continue reading How Long Should I Practice Sitting in Kiza?

Budo/Martial Arts · Kihontai - Fundamental Form · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

Are You Susceptible to Shoulder Injuries in Kyudo?

This is a kind of continuation from the past few posts on the “Kyudo Injuries: Shoulder” series discussing the causes and effects of a shoulder injury I’ve had from practicing shooting the bow and arrow. As an update I’ve been taking medicine, rubbing creams, and going to rehabilitation with a physical trainer for about an… Continue reading Are You Susceptible to Shoulder Injuries 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 · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

Freedom in Discipline

The natural instinct is to resist the chains. We fight as ennobled beasts seeking to break the whip of calculations. In doing so, we are simple robots blindly following what our lazy beings find to be easiest. Instead, in order to be free of our internal cages, we look back at ourselves, the mirrors that… Continue reading Freedom in Discipline

Kihontai - Fundamental Form · Kyudo · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

The Importance of Taihai Part III: Kihon No Shisei and Kihon Dousa

So, in part one we defined taihai (all the movements we do in the shooting area that doesn’t involve shooting [though it’s also a part of shooting]), in part two we talked about how one needs to make a proper toriyumi shisei (basic posture of holding the bow and arrows while not shooting) in order… Continue reading The Importance of Taihai Part III: Kihon No Shisei and Kihon Dousa