Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Tsumeai - Correct Form · Uchiokoshi: Raising the Bow · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses Part II

This is a continuation from a previous post titled, “The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses.” Gojuu-Jumonji are 5 important crosses in our form that are vital to tsumeai, and proper form that allow us to shoot a straight arrow. These crosses can be best seen in the phase of kai, the full draw. The… Continue reading The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses Part II

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Tatesen – Protecting the Vertical Line

So, it’s pretty easy to understand the first rule of kyudo: Nobiai, expansion. We must expand in the full draw and through the release. We expand equally to the left and the right and this is called the yokosen (横線). This is kyudo, and without it, we’re doing something different altogether. We are then told… Continue reading Tatesen – Protecting the Vertical Line

Hanare - Release · Kyudo · Tenouchi - the Grip · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Two Vital Points of the Tenouchi

The tenouchi I’m speaking of refers to our grip on the bow, and here I will talk about two points vital to its effective use. First, is keeping the bottom of our hand in contact with the bow. Second, is closing the gap between the base of the thumb and the tip of the middle… Continue reading Two Vital Points of the Tenouchi

Hikiwake - Drawing the Bow · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Yugamae - The Stance of Holding the Bow

Overcoming the Desire to Hit the Target

Short answer: Focus. Long answer: it all started with a 講習会, koushuukai. I suppose you could translate it as a sort of day seminar. I went to one before my very first kyudo test to go over the formal entries, procedures, and exits in the actual dojo for the test with other real people. A… Continue reading Overcoming the Desire to Hit the Target

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