27565RE: [SCA-JML] Re: Archery
- Jan 31, 2011I disagree a bit. Euro archery and kyudo are different in almost every way
(different stance, different 'eye', different grip, different string grip,
different release, different side of the bow, different rest, and the whole
'bow spins in your hand' thing is just weird), the experience doesn't
translate well, and forgetting euro-bow habits makes the process longer and
more awkward. While yumi are rather expensive (400-800), there are plenty
of cheap training options for kyudo that don't require teachers or bows (the
Personally, I just got the bow, did lots of reading and video watching, and
got to it. It's not so difficult that there's any reasonable chance you
won't figure it out 8)
Besides, it looks FANTASTIC when you do it right 8)
Live, Love, Learn!
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--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Michelle Touketto <ladygwenhwyvar@...>
> Does anyone do archery? Anthony's been trying to find Japanese bowdesigns
> of the appropriate times, online, but hasn't had much luck. Also, he sayswith
> the Japanese used a longbow, which might be more difficult to start out
> using. So, are the longbows all they used?He should search on "kyudo" and "yumi." Yumi are the Japanese longbow. They
are asymmetric, are shot somewhat differently than Western bows and are
extremely expensive, even for beginner bows. Instruction in kyudo is
likewise an issue, particularly if there are no practitioners in your area.
If he has not done archery previously, I would suggest he get in touch with
your local archery marshal and get started with loaner gear to see if he
likes shooting and acquires some basic skills before attempting to trade up.
I cannot answer regarding swords. That's what retainers are for. ;-D Is he
planning on using it merely as a costume accessory or does he intend to
eventually get into iaido or other martial arts with it?
Saionji no Hana
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