Category Archives: ashibumi

Kyudo Notebook: Back to the Dojo

After ten days away, back to the dojo yesterday with only about five hours of sleep. One interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed before is that, when I have enforced time away from practice, but then come back to it after a … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Tutorial

Happy New Year! These are my notes from a November tutorial with a respected teacher, hanshi 8-dan. We’ve had this every year for three years now (see 2010, 2011). Compared to previous ones it seemed like this year more attention … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Some Improvement

Things went better at today’s practice. Some things to note: It seems better to have a somewhat wider ashibumi regardless of which window I’m using. Need to measure and see if, in fact, I’d simply been too narrow before. Experiments … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Getting There…

Things are becoming more stable now, but there are a lot of points I need to explore and work on. Occasionally everything feels “just right” and I’m confident that the arrow will go well. Most of the time, though, it’s … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: More Connections

Change, change, change. Since last week I noticed that my tenouchi had become strange. It wasn’t something particularly noticeable to someone watching but I could feel the difference and it bothered me even though the results weren’t so bad. Initially … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Tutorial

This past weekend we had a two-day tutorial. The teacher a real powerhouse, hanshi, 8-dan, who taught last year as well. Strange to think I’ve been writing stuff here for over a year. This time there were about 45 participants … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Keep Going

No dramatic changes these days. Just continuing step by step. If I had to summarize what I’m working on now it would come down to: Maintain good breathing from the start Establish a stable base by leaning slightly forward before … Continue reading

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