2016 – Beginings…
Bamboo Mantis Hidden Riverside Dojo
I had been giving some thought to a practice spot closer to home where i could do 28 meters. There is a lot of open space next to the river near my home. The other day just after New Years i went exploring what. I thought would be a good spot. I marked. It off and took a virtual shot with my gomiyumi. I planned to return and do an actual shooting.
Today , a couple of days later after the family New Year lunch I took my equipment in for a real test. I set up a temp mato and a stand. I took a couple of “junk” arrows to shoot. The plan went well. I did about 6 shots, None hit what I had chosen as a mato, but a couple did come close. I thought I had lost one arrow, but I found it. This was really just a live test to see the flaws in the plan and get a few ideas. As far as that much it was a full success.
Even though I did not get a clean hit. Very close ones, but no clean hit. I did get some ideas for improvements, did not lose an arrow, and got in some TaiChi practice. On a nice day the spot will be perfect. I will bring some tea and have a quiet place to practice.
Yes, I know my Ashibumi is off. I have been told. I was trying to take a picture!
Mostly hidden, fairly clean, the sound of the water fall is right there, as well as the Chi from the water. Once I get things set up I think it will be a very nice outdoor private Dojo. Not only for Kyudo but for my other movement Chan Arts. Thinking about it now, it would be also a good place to practice Shakuhachi.