Monthly Archives: May 2011

Kyudo Notebook: Kansetsu II

Well, maybe I jumped to conclusions. What seems to happen when I turn the elbow joint is that it tenses the muscles on the upper side of the left arm, which apparently isn’t good, and makes it very difficult to … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Yasuridou II

Drying out overnight everything seems OK. The only note for next time is that the tou from Koyama isn’t just flattened at the top end, it’s also shaved in such a way as to create a wedge shape on the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Yasuridou

And a practical thing. Today I replaced the yasuridou on my bow and just wanted to make a couple of notes for future reference: The tou that I got from Koyama Kyugu was already shaped properly, so all I had … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Shaho Kun

Today K-sensei was telling another student that (as the word implies) everything comes together at kai. You don’t bring the arrow down into kai and then tilt this way or that, adjust this or that, to get the aim right. … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Where To Bow?

Another practical note that I wanted to record came up in conversation in Kyoto. When there are multiple objects worthy of the respect conveyed by the bow when you enter the shajo, which one do you bow toward? It turns … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Kansetsu

Seems like reorienting the elbow has had a significant effect. With the second arrow of the day my teacher mentioned that my earlier problem with the left bouncing right at hanare (before swinging back to the left) seemed to have … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Fun with Video

There was a taikai today for high school students, so no practice. Instead I spent some time editing and watching a video of my own shooting. One of the teachers recorded it while we were at Byodoji, and I find … Continue reading

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