弓道 – Where I am…


 
Backing off the Shinsa intensity was a good thing. It has not helped my shooting , but, that is ok. It is all ok. Not planning another Shinsa until Sept…or later. I am in this for the long run. Backing off has put some fun back into training. Yondan, Godan …it will happen when it is time, if it is supposed to happen. I have stepped up my Chan training again with the reduction of Shinsa intensity.
 
Oh yeah, I am still working on my Kyudo Art skills, just at a more relaxed pace. My ego can wait on the rank label. The bands have been also been keeping me busy, besides the Chan study and need to find a hmmmm…purposeful direction. However that is another story as they say, for another time.
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I have been tracking my shots again, just because I can and it gives me some type of historical reference to look back on. I lost all my data from the beginning of the year up to the Shinsa time. 😦 stupid , troublesome iPad upgrade lost all my data. Oh well, non-attachment, impermanence…
 
I have been experimenting with different things, and questions on myself about how I am shooting. I believe one of my problems, besides, dropping my left arm, hands and shoulders too tense,, is my sight. It has been going downhill as of late. I see a double mato when aiming. I was told once upon a time that this common and to choose the dominant eye image. Maybe I am not choosing right or something… Or not.
 
I have changed my targeting point, more to the left, instead of doing this radical right elbow turn down thing. Now keeping the angle that I am told is correct, or closer to it, with moving my targeting on the yumi more to the left, my shots now, land on the center line more of the mato. Still however mostly too high or too low. Which is another thing to deal with. Any way, I am making some progress , slow but, oh well.
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I went to the new scheduled kimono training session this week. That was cool. I learned the three man , one mato shot. I did not think I could do it, and do Risha, but nope I was wrong. I also was shown how to replace the kimono sleeve after shooting. Also, was given some refinements to doing the standing form. Steps, timing, etc. more good things to know for the next whenever.
 
I am heading to Kyoto first week of May, during Golden week to once again doing some viewing of the big advance Tai Kai and Shinsa. I was advised that the first day of shooting is a great one to watch, as the Hanshis compete then. However the timing with another plan is bad. Therefore the next best is to watch the Nanadan shinsa for those testing for Hanshi. Looks like I missed out on the last Nagoya Seminar for a while as it will be held in another country for the next few, couple or so years. Oh well, I have plenty of local help and Shinsas. The quality of my instruction is not really the issue right now, the issue is me. So until I fix that, it does not matter how good the instructor. The answer is not outside it is within. A Chan rule, which applies to life and Kyudo.
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