Budo/Martial Arts · Image Training · Kyudo · Shin - Truth

It Begins in the Mind

Fools. It starts in the mind. Set foot to the mark without proper preparation, and a thousand arrows will be a thousand nails in the coffin. Shoot one honest arrow. And another if you can. And another. Until that single arrow is the only thing you know. Who commands your arrow? Teachers who frown disappointingly… Continue reading It Begins in the Mind

Hanare - Release · Image Training · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Nobiai

Yasuji: The Invisible Line of the Arrow and the Creative Powers of Kyudo

Yasuji. Just look at it. Can you see it? Seeing is the first step, for all those like me who can’t do it right from the start. The “yasuji” is literally translated from Japanese as, “arrow line.” Take a look at the arrow, and imagine a straight line extending forever from both ends. In the… Continue reading Yasuji: The Invisible Line of the Arrow and the Creative Powers of Kyudo

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

Hanare - Release · Kai - the Full Draw · Kyudo · Tenouchi - the Grip · Tsumeai - Correct Form

The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses

For those that are looking for secret techniques, enjoy some time in the mist, and I bet you’ll find yourself right back to the beginning. But that’s great news, because you’ll find yourself at the greatest source of technique there is, the basics. The longer I practice kyudo, the more appreciation I have for those… Continue reading The Importance of Gojuu-Jumonji: The Five Crosses

Budo/Martial Arts · Kyudo · Kyudo Books · Reigi - Etiquette · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements · Uncategorized

Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part V: Jin (仁) “Humanity is our Virtue”

This is Part V in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. It’s been a while since the last post in this series, for a lot of… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part V: Jin (仁) “Humanity is our Virtue”