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Kyudo : The Way of the Bow - Feliks F. Hoff


The Way of the Bow

Paperback Published: 14th May 2002
ISBN: 9781570628528
Number Of Pages: 272

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Kyudo: The Way of the Bow is the authoritative guide to the technique and philosophy of the ancient art of Japanese archery. Originally a samurai discipline, kyudo integrates technical skill with the development of a completely focused and disciplined mind. Influenced by Shintoism and Zen, kyudo is a path of self-development and meditation that requires the archer to cultivate precision, a clear mind, and freedom from fear.

This detailed, clearly written guide is an indispensable reference for kyudo students and an excellent sourcebook for anyone interested in the history of archery or warfare. The author, Feliks Hoff, a kyudo practitioner for over thirty years, gives a historical and philosophical view of the art and offers practical exercises for cultivating the proper mindset for each shot; detailed instruction on proper form and technique; an overview of the etiquette, dress, and ceremonial aspects of kyudo; and a survey of the various types of equipment used.

Hoff presents the basic techniques of the Heki school of kyudo in step-by-step photographs. He also provides exercises for aiming and target shooting and lists common mistakes in form, technique, and concentration along with pointers on how to correct them. For more advanced students, Hoff includes a list of examination requirements and offers advice on teaching beginners.

A Brief History of Kyudop. 1
Kyudo Schools and Branch Schoolsp. 9
Kyudojo: The Practice Hallp. 15
The Shooting Areap. 15
The Target Zonep. 17
Recording and Announcement of Hitsp. 19
Retrieving the Arrowsp. 21
Shooting at the Makiwarap. 21
Other Dojo Equipmentp. 22
Dojo Etiquettep. 23
The Bowp. 28
The History of the Bowp. 28
The Shape of the Bowp. 31
The Length of the Bowp. 33
Fiberglass Bowsp. 36
Stringing, Evaluation, and Maintenance of Bowsp. 36
The Bowstring: Tsurup. 43
The History of the Bowstringp. 43
Handling and Carep. 45
The Glove: Yugakep. 47
Arrows: Yap. 52
The Shaft (No)p. 53
Nocks (Hazu)p. 57
Wrappingsp. 58
Feathersp. 59
Haya and Otoyap. 60
Signaturep. 61
Arrowheadsp. 62
Types of Arrowsp. 65
Quiversp. 68
Dressp. 71
Accessoriesp. 76
Basic Technique of the Heki Schoolp. 79
Preparatory Movementsp. 79
Ashibumi (Stance)p. 82
Dozukuri (Balance)p. 85
Yugamae (Readying the Bow)p. 86
Uchiokoshi (Raising the Bow)p. 93
Sanbun No Ni (Second Step toward Drawing the Bow)p. 94
Tsumeai (Reaching Maximum Draw)p. 96
Nobiai (Stretching, Extending)p. 96
Yagoro (Continuation of Nobiai)p. 97
Hanare (Release)p. 98
Zanshin (Reflection)p. 98
Yudaoshi (Lowering the Bow)p. 99
About Hanare (Release)p. 100
Breathing Patterns and Rhythm of Movementsp. 106
Standing and Sittingp. 106
Aiming and Target Shootingp. 110
Practical Exercisesp. 112
Teaching Beginnersp. 115
How to Use the Rubber Practice Bowp. 117
Phases of Practicep. 122
Correcting Common Mistakesp. 125
Common Mistakesp. 125
Problems in Correctionp. 130
Mistakes in Ashibumi (1-4)p. 133
Mistakes in Dozukuri (5-13)p. 136
Mistakes in Yugamae (14-23)p. 143
Mistakes in Uchiokoshi (24-27)p. 149
Mistakes in Hikiwake (Sanbun No Ni) (28-45)p. 151
Mistakes in Tsumeai (46-51)p. 160
Mistakes in Nobiai (52-56)p. 163
Mistakes in Hanare (57-83)p. 167
Mistakes in Zanshin (84-86)p. 184
Mistakes in Concentration (87)p. 185
Competition Formsp. 189
Forms of Competition in Kyudop. 199
Examination Formsp. 203
Rules for Examinationsp. 211
Target Games: Matoasobip. 220
Special Forms of Shootingp. 227
Yumi no Kokoro: The Mind Born of Archeryp. 235
Glossaryp. 243
Recommended Readingp. 253
Illustration Creditsp. 255
Resourcesp. 257
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ISBN: 9781570628528
ISBN-10: 1570628521
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 14th May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1