Monthly Archives: March 2012

Kyudo Notebook: Shinsa Questions for 5-Dan

五段 The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as, “The shooting form, the shooting technique, and the method of formal movement should be suitable for the level, with evidence of refinement in the shooting. In particular, progress should be shown over … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Shinsa Questions for 4-Dan

四段 The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as, “In addition to having the elements of the previous level, there should be correct breathing and the release should be sharp. Consistency should be reached in hitting the target.” That last sentence … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Shinsa Questions for 3-Dan

参段 The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as, “The shooting form is better established and the formal movement (taihai) is more stable. The breathing is ordered and the method of using shooting technique is correctly obeyed. The arrow should fly … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Shinsa Questions for 2-Dan

弐段 The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as, “Both the shooting form and formal movement (taihai) should have good arrangement with evidence of spiritual energy in the technique. There should be less uncertainty in the placing of the arrows.” So … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Shinsa Questions for Shodan

初段 The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as “The shape of the shooting and formal movement (taihai) should be suitable for the level of shooting. There should not be disarray in the placing of the arrows.” That’s pretty vague, but … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Shinsa Questions for Mushitei

無指定 This level includes complete beginners taking their first shinsa as well as mostly younger students who are working their way through they kyu levels. The rumour is that students tended to be given the kyu levels while adults (if … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Shinsa Questions

So April is almost here, and although we still have a good meter plus of snow, something resembling spring is in the air. At the dojo what this means is that we’re entering the tutorial and shinsa season, so I’ve … Continue reading

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