Monday, October 12, 2009

Budo Lessons From Kyudo

I like Kyudo, the way of the bow. I studied it briefly when I was living in Japan. I constantly return to it's ideas as it embodies many of the budo ideals.

Before the samurai picked up the sword, they were archers on horseback. The very root of the Japanese martial tradition is in the bow.


  1. have you read "Illuminated Spirit: Conversations with a Kyudo Master"? I think you would like.

  2. Kyudo really is a unique path to experiencing budo. Although I've studied the concepts, I've never had the chance to shoot a true japanese bow. It's on my list though!