Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Be a Tree

Be a tree. Put yourself in the ground and be a tree. Let your waist be submerged in the ground, with your long legs as roots reaching down and out deep. Sprouting from the ground is our torso, built around the shaft of our spine that reaches straight up to the sky. Our arms are… Continue reading Be a Tree

Budo/Martial Arts · Dai-San · Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kyudo · Tsumeai - Correct Form · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Raise Elbows in Daisan Phase

    Here I am going to talk about the phase of daisan (the “two-thirds draw” shown in the picture above). Specifically, I’m going to speak on how raising our elbows while moving into the daisan phase will help us shoot a straight arrow using the proper posture of our bodies instead of just the… Continue reading Raise Elbows in Daisan Phase

Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Dai-San · Image Training · Kyudo · Nobiai · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

2nd Meeting with A-Sensei

Yesterday marked my second visit with A-Sensei which was another valuable training session that has overflowed my mind with techniques that revolutionize my shooting. I’ll list them here and go over them briefly mostly just so I don’t forget them. Perhaps you can glean some diamonds of your own from these notes. I’d love to… Continue reading 2nd Meeting with A-Sensei

Image Training · Kyudo · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Rediscovering Uchiokoshi: The Lion’s Back

When running into problems with my form I usually finding myself working backwards from the release to the earlier stages of shooting. Our release is off because of our full draw position. Our full draw position is off because of our drawing of the bow. Our drawing of the bow is off because of a… Continue reading Rediscovering Uchiokoshi: The Lion’s Back

Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kyudo · Tenouchi - the Grip · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow

Points Observed at Seminar

Forgive the brevity and lack of explanations of this post. I’ll just be jotting down really quickly short notes I took during a seminar I visited last week. Hopefully later I can go into them in more depth. -Raise elbow in daisan to take pressure off our hands in the kake. -Our hands don’t change… Continue reading Points Observed at Seminar

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Hanshi Teachings Part III: Backs of the Shoulders

This is Part III of a series of posts called, “Hanshi Teachings” about things I’ve learned from the hanshi level teacher in my dojo. It seems what the hanshi sensei has been really trying to do in teaching me techniques is to get me to relax parts of my body that I don’t need to use.… Continue reading Hanshi Teachings Part III: Backs of the Shoulders