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Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part I

RAIKI-SHAGI Record of Etiquette – Truth of Shooting The shooting, with the round of moving forward or backward can never be without courtesy and propriety (Rei). After having acquired the right inner intention and correctness in the outward appearance, the bow and arrow can be handled resolutely. To shoot in this way is to perform… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part I

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

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

Budo/Martial Arts · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo

Deserts and Frost in the Full Draw

I’ve been working on expanding throughout the process of “kai”, (the full draw) in shooting, and trying to expand the time as well, pushing through the desire to pre-release the arrow before its time. I usually count in the full draw to see how long I hold it because it helps me to know how… Continue reading Deserts and Frost in the Full Draw

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Reigi - Etiquette

Part II: The Real “Sutemi”

In the last post I talked about a word called, “sutemi” (捨て身) which translates as “throwing away the body.” In that post I talked about the “cool” sutemi, which talks about overcoming the trials of the body to achieve something greater. It’s the kind of thing you want to hear when you read about martial… Continue reading Part II: The Real “Sutemi”

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo

“Sutemi” “捨て身”: Throw Away the Body

This topic came up in a discussion with one of my teachers who has many years experience in the kokutai national tournaments, as well as the big tournament, tennohai. In the kyudo world there’s a really big difference between what we call kokutai senshu (national tournament competitors) and everybody else, I guess. Most kokutai senshu… Continue reading “Sutemi” “捨て身”: Throw Away the Body

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