Monthly Archives: February 2011

Kyudo Notebook: Tenouchi II

I just want to see if I can continue from the comments in the previous post, where we’re talking (clearly!) about tenouchi. I clipped out example photos from the two recommended videos. The one on the left is from the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Tenouchi

So after a few oddities, things seem to be going better with the new position at daisan. What I find is that I need to sort of press down on the bow part way from uchiokoshi into daisan to keep … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Food

Sometimes by the time I get to the dojo after a day of work I feel kind of unsettled or unstable. Physically, I mean. Not a lack of balance but just a little jumpy somehow. It’s hard to describe, and … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Winter Taikai

The taikai went pretty well. Or at least, everything seemed to be going well. But then in the last round I started thinking that everything seemed to be going well, got a bit attached to the idea, and I’m pretty … Continue reading

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Buddhist Notebook: Thomas Merton

I’ve been reading a thought-provoking book with the most wonderful title I’ve ever seen, Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New York: New Directions, 1968). It contains a collection of articles and essays by Ven. Thomas Merton as well as … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Unresolved

Practice yesterday was a mixed bag. I tried a couple of changes to my tenouchi in combination with the new daisan position, but nothing seemed to have much (positive) effect. My teacher noticed and essentially corrected me back to the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: More Wrist Work

Realigning my wrist to eliminate the hairisugi effect has had a big effect, but as always, when one thing changes, everything else shifts. The added power and stability of the new daisan position is clear, but what I noticed, after … Continue reading

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