Monthly Archives: October 2010

Kyudo Notebook: More on Errors

So yesterday I was able to ask the teacher from the shinsa tutorial about one of my nagging questions: If you’re in a group of five, say, and the third person is shooting her haya, but drops the arrow, the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Koan

Yesterday I received a koan. How to keep the muscles in my arms, and particularly in my right hand, relaxed, without introducing any slack (yurumi), or for that matter letting go altogether? Really it may just seem like a koan … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Vision

In town now and having somehow managed to lose my glasses (excuse any typos) I’m reminded that one of the nice things about kyudo is that you can do it without much in the way of visual acuity, or in … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Multiple Errors Revisited

Yesterday I was able to talk to the S-sensei (kyoshi, 7-dan) who led the pre-shinsa tutorial two weeks ago, when the hazu on one of my arrows broke somewhere around daisan. At the time, she just picked the hazu fragment … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Deja vu Again

So now that things are a little stable again, and the shinsa is over, it’s apparently time to change things. Yesterday in the middle of practice K先生 made some big changes to my position at daisan. Shooting was immediately more … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Statistics

The ANKF web site says there were 135,593 registered kyudoka as of January 2008. The latest edition of Kyudo magazine has an article mentioning that 48% of registered kyudoka are high school students, and another 9% are in junior high … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Nocking Point

Hardly anyone came to practice yesterday. It was a rainy day, but more importantly I suspect everyone was exhausted from the shinsa. Even when you’re just one of the volunteer worker bees, it’s a long day. I don’t know how … Continue reading

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