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
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?
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?
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)
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
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
Welcome to Part II of this short series investigating the importance of taihai. In the last post I talked about what taihai is, and here I would like to talk about the importance of the toriyumi posture on taihai. Just to review, taihai are basically all the movements we perform in the shooting area before,… Continue reading The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture