Monthly Archives: November 2010

Kyudo Notebook: Tutorial

After being away most of last week, a very inspiring tutorial over the weekend with a teacher (hanshi, 8-dan) from Aomori. I wasn’t able to actually participate but could sit in and observe. Lots of great advice, lots of energy, … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Video

There’s a very short clip of Komaki Kayou (renshi, 6-dan) at the All-Japan tournament on YouTube. The title says the photo is from the final round but I’m pretty sure it’s actually from the first, which may be better. Some … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Arrows

Yesterday we had a mini-taikai. Unfortunately I had dropped off four of my six kinteki arrows to have some damaged flights replaced, and they hadn’t arrived back yet, so I ended up using enteki arrows. “How much difference could it … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Nobiai

That went pretty well. Everyone who went to the taikai seemed more intense than usual, trying to carry some of that energy and insight and ideas for experimentation forward. For me, it began by consciously calling to mind some of … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Ren/Kyoushi Taikai

Yesterday I went to watch a taikai for Hokkaido renshi and kyoshi. It was a great chance to see the top people (below hanshi rank) on our little island, and see if my eye has gotten any better at distinguishing … Continue reading

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Buddhist Notebook: Feeling

For quite some time I’ve been investigating the role of feeling, strictly speaking the second of the five aggregates, but in common usage far more broad. The whole thing began with a question in a Buddhist discussion group where someone … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Pitch II

Looks like that cross between the left hand and the bow at kai was definitely a factor. The arrows are back up out of the sand and some yugaeri action has returned. The spider web is still vibrating, though. Action, … Continue reading

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