Monthly Archives: August 2012

Kyudo Notebook: Uchiokoshi

For a while now I’ve noticed that sometimes I am able to get the natural high daisan that my teacher wants me to have, and subsequently achieve a fuller draw of the bow, and sometimes not. Today at practice I … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Some Video

Short videos on Youtube now from the re-opening ceremony at the Tokyo Budokan. I didn’t know it was closed, but that’s what I get for being 1000km away. Kyudo Aikido Miyagi-sensei, (2nd) taught at the Chiba seminar this year, and … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Progress

Leaving the word problems far, far behind, today I finally had a chance to have a short one-to-one conversation with my teacher about all the ups and downs lately. He told me everyone goes through it. At the beginning, when … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Sensitivity

I’ve wondered for a while just how sensitive shooting is to small changes. Actually most of the possible changes in the way a person shoots are too complex to model. The angle of the right thumb and hand, for example, … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Statistics

The August edition of Budō 「武道」magazine has a interesting article by Matsuoka Makinori (International Budō University). Among other things he has a statistical breakdown of ANKF membership for the years 1993-2010. Overall the numbers have barely changed: 130,960 members in … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Back to Dojo

Back to practice after a week away. I wasn’t sure how it would be. You get kind of fine-tuned after a while (or maybe it’s a rut?), repeating the same things in the same way. This trip, the time away … Continue reading

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