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

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

Ashibumi - Setting the Stance · Budo/Martial Arts · Ikiai - Breathing · Kyudo · Nobiai · Tsumeai - Correct Form

The Three Columns

The waist, the stomach, and the shoulders. This is a kind of spin-off I’m making on the three crosses (sanju-juumonji). The three crosses are considered one of the most important basic theories in shooting which brings attention to the importance of the three crosses made by the horizontal line of our feet, hips, and shoulders… Continue reading The Three Columns

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Skills: Gojujumonji and Spider Webs

We often read that we should shoot with our hearts, not our skills. But if you can’t shoot with skills, it’s probably not going to be a very good shot. I’ve looked at my technique and shooting and two things are apparent: I’m trying really hard, and my skills aren’t sharp. I’m conscious of these… Continue reading Skills: Gojujumonji and Spider Webs

Douzukuri - The Making of the Torso · Kyudo · Reigi - Etiquette · Taihai - Ceremonial Movements

The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture

Welcome to Part II of this short series investigating the importance of taihai. In the last post I talked about what taihai is, and here I would like to talk about the importance of the toriyumi posture on taihai. Just to review, taihai are basically all the movements we perform in the shooting area before,… Continue reading The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture