Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Image Training · Kyudo

The Vertical Line is in your Feet

In slightly more technical terms, the tatesen (vertical line) is in your ashibumi (stance). I’ve been having trouble with my tatesen lately, trying to raise my uchiokoshi high enough, stretch my spine upwards, and effectively use my feet. So how do you use your feet in kyudo? A long time ago a teacher once told… Continue reading The Vertical Line is in your Feet

Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Tournaments

Reducing Nervousness and Building Consistency

“8 second zanshin. 8 second zanshin. 8 second zanshin …” Hold the full draw for eight seconds, and focus on the final zanshin posture to ensure complete release of the arrow. This is my mantra, and it helps to reduce nervousness and build consistency. I decided to repeat and focus on this mantra in my… Continue reading Reducing Nervousness and Building Consistency

Ikiai - Breathing · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw

Grumbling Bear Breathing

Deep in the belly, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr … grumbling vibrating through the entire body. Pushing outwards from a deep cave within. This bear, my bear, I am a bear. Nobody fucks with this bear. Deep grumbling growling. … This image was brought upon in relation to two things: 1.) Forgetting about breathing and holding unecessary tension in… Continue reading Grumbling Bear Breathing

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