Kyudo world –The path less traveled.
Less traveled by the masses of Martial Art people, still, here at ZenWorld it is traveled often. I am still keeping up my practice, just not writing about it so much. Well, not much of that anyways, I do it in clumps, then I am back at life instead of writing about it. Also right now is just practice practice practice. So yeah, Kyudo, is still the big challenge on my plate. I have been working on “form” things, hitting wise I am not seeing any change. Yet, feeling, really really close…some days. Other days not so much. Yeah, nothing really has changed, perhaps just my attitude, the formless part of Kyudo. Kyudo world is like that.
I have been attending regularly the Kimono class, on Tues. At first I was sort of nervous about the whole thing. Now I rather like it. It is good to be learning and training on something other than the frustrations of hitting, or not hitting in my case. In the Kimono class we work more on Tai Hai and Sharei. This is good for the finer points of my Tai Hai appearance in Shinsa. Because, yeah, it is not just about hitting. Even more so now I am doing Rissha. I was sort of concerned about being a hinderance to the class doing Rissha, I am finding though that the others like having to work with me doing it. It gives them a chance to learn and practice with another aspect to their training. The details and timing are a little tricky with Rissha, but not too bad. I thought it was mostly a matter of moving together, but no more complex, when to start certain moves, doing what depends being on what location, number of steps, the weekly practice is a good thing.
It was a bit of a shock when I found everyone watching was expect to critique those who are shooting. I am just a baby here, How can an ant, see the view of a lion. I did my best on whatever smacked me in the face as wrong/off, and some serious flashback thoughts when I first understood what I was suppose to do. I was caught off guard when asked for my opinion. Ehhhh, Boku-wa !! Ehhhh.
My shooting issue is still dropping my left arm. I was told to imagine a line extending from the arrow to the front and back. That did help some, now I need to work that in with the list of thing to do n Kai. Of course this would go at the end of the sequence near the end of the expanding balloon of Nobei part.
I keep getting asked about my next Shinsa, most seemed surprised I am waiting until Autumn. I may even wait until the Winter Shinsa. We’ll see. As I tell the askees, “no need for me to rush”.
Do you know what they call a Doctor who passed at the bottom of his class?