Monthly Archives: October 2011

Kyudo Notebook: Hemp

There seems to be a whole hemp subculture these days, but all I’m thinking about here are the hemp tsuru. Considering their cost and relatively short lifetime, I began wondering if I could make my own. There isn’t a lot … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Effort

More and more for me these days the question comes down to a matter of effort. Or not just effort, but right effort, which is perhaps not coincidentally one of the eight facets of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. In kyudo … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: The Fallacy of the Magic Technique

So that went pretty well, [OO OOXX OOOO], but only after I got scolded. What I think happens is that, when I learn or discover some new “magic technique” I tend to rely on it overly much, thinking/hoping (even if … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Do The Twist

S先生 was watching me shoot the other day and suggested more hineri in my right hand. The idea is that the back of the right hand should essentially be pointing straight up. This has turned out to be an effective … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Traffic

Well, the taikai didn’t go so well for me. Next! My friend Y won her division, though, which was very impressive given that she was competing with the teachers. Also she seemed much happier with her shooting. Omedetou! Just a … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Asa

Interesting quick conversation with S先生 today after my string broke. She said the fact that the hemp strings break is actually good, that it can protect the bow from too much shock. Of course, they also just wear out naturally … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: A Little More Practice

Yesterday was better. The key seems to revolve around the higher daisan, with the arrow parallel to my shoulder line and (necessarily) closer than before. Also as an experiment I’m putting my right middle finger a little further out on … Continue reading

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