Category Archives: hikiwake

Kyudo Notebook: Rock and a Hard Place

So the good news is that by changing how I think about what I’m doing, certain problems have vanished. By seeking fulfillment through shooting my arms no longer drop at the release, and I’m now shooting more or less the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Nagoya Seminar 2016

After the seminar ended I had a ton of things to catch up on, and with the holiday finally have time. I suppose the big news is that next year’s Asia-Oceania Seminar will be in New Zealand, the first time … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Snow

So winter has begun. Things have been quiet in part because there was so much to do getting the house ready, and in part because I’ve been struggling with the same general problem since August, where arrows would go quite … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: 2015 Asia-Oceania Seminar

They say that when the student is ready, the master appears. That’s what Seminar A was like for me this year, and I learned the solutions to several problems that I’d been struggling with for years, sometimes even without really … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Stability (Again, Maybe, Who knows?)

After a long struggle it seems I’m finding some stability. My teachers continue to emphasize shooting from the heart (kokoro), and I can’t say that I’ve made any progress on that, it seems like various threads are coming together. Some … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Nagoya 2014 (4) Advice

Since fundamentally this blog is just my kyudo notebook, I want to note down the advice I received from the different teachers. Sometimes when you go to these tutorials you get so much different advice from different teachers that it … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Nagoya 2014 (3) Muscles

One of the best series of general instructions in our group had to do with the the need to build strength and train one’s muscles. Usami-sensei asked us how many times a week we practised, and how many arrows we … Continue reading

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