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 · 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

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Shin, Zen, Bi - Truth, Goodness, Beauty

When Too Much Turns into Nothing

Everything in its excess turns to its opposite. Or something like that, goes the I-Ching. For the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of training and reading producing massive amounts of ideas I’ve wanted to put into words on the blog, but the time wasn’t there. Now, I have this strange void of… Continue reading When Too Much Turns into Nothing

Budo/Martial Arts · Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kyudo

How to Prevent Shoulder Pain in Kyudo

How to prevent right shoulder pain in kyudo: 1.) Don’t raise the shoulder (particularly in the phases of uchiokoshi and daisan) 2.) Don’t pull your right elbow behind your back (pull it directly to the side, pushing it outwards with your shoulder blades standing straight up) 3.) Protect proper posture made with the kihontai (fundamental… Continue reading How to Prevent Shoulder Pain in Kyudo

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

Kihontai - Fundamental Form · Kyudo Books · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements · Tsumeai - Correct Form · Uncategorized

Shoulder Update and the Importance of the Horizontal and Vertical Crosses

This is a continuation in a series of posts about my shoulder injury with kyudo. I am not a doctor and so everything must be taken with a grain of salt, but maybe you have experienced an injury in kyudo and can gain some helpful information from my small experience. Please don’t hesitate to write… Continue reading Shoulder Update and the Importance of the Horizontal and Vertical Crosses