- would plain ole' modern archery contain enough of the basic
basics to teach stance, grip, pull/release etc. without
drilling anything that would have to be "unlearned" for
kyudo? (I'm comparing it with the other martial art i was
taught as a kid, along with eating breathing and sleeping:
Gun Fu, NRA-Safety Ryu; straight from the lap of Dad-Sensei
The Gititright Fanatic. The point: Be it pistol, .22,
8-gauge or muzzleloader: You Always Do These Things... And
NEVER Do These...
When my dad went thru an archery "phase" (and of course took
the rest of us along with) one of the things that was
stressed even more than bow or 'fuku was the *arrows* - too
long or too short, yer sunk. Is that true also in kyudo?
(Boy did we have lots of fun with the two perfectly
telescoping sizes of cutoff fiberglass ends... Anyone in
j-period ever use a blowgun?)
Seriously, i think the blowgun has to be one of the 2 or 3
least-studied and most interesting weapons Out There. (It's
also the only projectile weapon i can hit the side of a barn
with. I know. We had a barn. I tried. ;-)
(The other being the yoyo - No not your kid brother's; the
south pacific tribal weapon it's an almost exact copy of
> And of more importance than the bow itself is a good fitting,
> well-made yugake. That should be your first purchase as you can't
> shoot without one.
- Asahi yumi and kyudo.com has soem good preliminary reading on kyudo. Western
archery may give you a good base to start but with kyudo, the arrow is on
the outside, the bow is not a uniform shape, there is also the grip you must
use and how to draw the bow (forgot the actual term for it) and the release.
I know a lot of guys here that bow hunt and draw with their fingers, kyudo
you use your thumb, thus the special glove. Visualization is the utmost key
as well as performance.
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- lynnx@... wrote:
> would plain ole' modern archery contain enough of the basicDefinitely not; kyudo has a very specific grip, way to draw, and a very
> basics to teach stance, grip, pull/release etc. without
> drilling anything that would have to be "unlearned" for
very eccentric release.