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

Kyudo · Kyudo Books

Shoulder Update and Kyudo Manual Volume 2 “Kyohon Dai-Nikan”

Well, it’s been almost three weeks since I’ve pulled the bow, and I’ve got about 5 days left until I’m planning to go back, which will make my time away about 3 and a half weeks in total. There is an upcoming seminar I want to go to which won’t involve all that much shooting,… Continue reading Shoulder Update and Kyudo Manual Volume 2 “Kyohon Dai-Nikan”

Kyudo · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

How Long Should I Practice Sitting in Kiza?

2 sets of 7 minutes. Welcome to “kiza”, kyudo’s most dreaded torture sitting position. This sitting position is required in “sharei”, ceremonial shooting performed during tests and special occasions, unless you perform “rissha”, the standing version. Rissha is performed if one cannot sit in kiza for the decided amount of times due to physical conditions… Continue reading How Long Should I Practice Sitting in Kiza?

Budo/Martial Arts · Kihontai - Fundamental Form · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

Are You Susceptible to Shoulder Injuries in Kyudo?

This is a kind of continuation from the past few posts on the “Kyudo Injuries: Shoulder” series discussing the causes and effects of a shoulder injury I’ve had from practicing shooting the bow and arrow. As an update I’ve been taking medicine, rubbing creams, and going to rehabilitation with a physical trainer for about an… Continue reading Are You Susceptible to Shoulder Injuries in Kyudo?