Category Archives: yugamae

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: Patience

So things went pretty well at practice today. The tiny little change in the angle of the right hand at torikake rippled through and created noticeable differences throughout. Sometimes it felt a little odd but other times rock-solid stable. Kind … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Struggle

It’s been quite a struggle since the taikai on July 1st, when something seemed “wrong” about the way my right hand was working from torikake all the way to zanshin. It’s not the hand itself that is the problem but … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Consistency

Very often I’ve had a situation where the haya hits and the ototya misses. I’ve always attributed that to mental factors (thinking about how nice it would be to hit with the second arrow), but yesterday I noticed another component. … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Advice

Some good advice from a number of teachers over the weekend. Some of this was specific to me and my own difficulties, but some stuff might also be of interest. Useful details on how to hold the arrows in the … Continue reading

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Kyudo Notebook: Winter Tutorial

A good tutorial over the weekend. Everyone left exhausted. The emphasis was on taihai because, as recent articles in Kyudo suggest, the ANKF seems to feel that this needs more emphasis. It’s easy to understand why. Most people only have … Continue reading

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