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 · Nobiai

Blogging Blues and the Greatest Sickness in Kyudo

The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo. The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo is not a small technical difficulty like putting your elbow here, or your hand here, our your shoulder here, releasing too early (hayake), or not hitting the target. The Greatest Sickness in Kyudo is “wanting to hit the target.” If you’re at all familiar with… Continue reading Blogging Blues and the Greatest Sickness in Kyudo

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