Ceremonial and Sacred Archery developed along with
Martial + Sport Forms and Traditions. Of Yore. Of
Ancient Japan that is. Yumi-ya.
YUMI ( 弓 ) = the BOW.
YA ( 矢 ) = the ARROW.
Whilst Defence and Military Ways were the dominant Themes the
Ancient and Olden Methods also encompassed Social and Cultural aspects
into the associated Traditions. Archery; Ceremonial, Sport or
Sacred Archery thereof;..
was and were displayed at many a Royal, High
Religious and/or Public Occasion. Elsewhere as well. Occasions
Occasions such as Commemoration Ceremonies in the Early A.D. Years
would of necessity,
Custom and Protocol,..
incorporate such targeted Exhibitions. As well. Attaching to
Archery. Sacred, Ceremonial,
Martial + Sports.
were so and thus;..
linking the Present afixed to the ideals and appreciation
of Our Past. An Ancestral Our World Legends
Thank You it seems indeed. In deed. Also.
Back of Yore.
The Martial Warriors that Lived and Studied the Early Ways of Japanese Archery
developed Methods and Disciplines to achieve flowing and coordinated
integration of this Weaponry. Martial and Self-defence applications soon
adapted to suit the Others. Though becoming somewhat more
ritualistic in this and that process.
Individual actions though by Heroes of Fame and Renown from
Earliest Times and Places ensured continuing growth and interest
was conveyed allowing long term appreciation…
and participation for future Bow Ways Students.
Legendary Archers such as Tatebito no Sukune. As Archer to Emperor
仁徳天皇 Nintoku (319-99 A.D.) ’twas He. He whose Arrow went straight
true and straight through. Through
a presented and proclaimed Korean Shield of Iron.
To wit and which… Ironically.
The Korean Envoys had thought… and said… ‘Tis. A
Pass not thru. This Shield. Not possible. No Ways. This Iron…
will not bend or bow. To Your Bow. Will not.
They could not do. That.
To that. Pronouncement of Statement. To
this and that.
Tatebito… simply politely asked may i so then.?. Then and so
with puckered and guarded
assent well envoyed back, simply too plucked His Bow. Let loose
and fly that which was attached. There. Arrowed.
Tatebito no Sukune, an Ancestor of Omi of Ikuba.
Then did. Just. That.
Straight as Arrow on thru and past… just passing
through it seems. Straight as. Straight through too. To
and through thus their Shield of Iron. Korean. Of Yore.
Straight on through and True. Flew.
With just ease. Causing
some rather guarded and shielded Korean…
confab commentary and… too some
such targeted dis ease as
well. Therein. Back then. Of Yore. In Korea.
Straight Up it seems indeed. Takebito in deed. Did. That. That
as well as
quality, quantity was neither ignored nor overlooked. Looking
over and back at such who totally targeted Our World.
Legends such as Archer Adept Masatoki is a
nomen high so then upraised. Raised up and loosened
many Times indeed
in deed. Therein. High numbers therein and thereof.
He whilst in Service to the Chief of Sakai ( May 19, 1852). Let
loose so well and over 10,000 Bolts arrowed in less than
just a Day (app. 20 hrs…). At the Archery Hall
of Sanjusangen-do. Of Edo. That was. Then. Masatoki.
That was and is. Then. Also
recorded in such other olden annals of Yore
are many epic Events of Ceremonial and Sacredness strung
together within many hallowed and sacred Temples,
Shrines, Royal/Noble Grounds and Precincts. Also.
The New Year custom of Harai.
Heralding Royal Births. The Hikime.
The Bow Man collecting Witness Statements at the Seppuku.
The Ways of the Bow. Are there.
Other Martial Ways too. To
include such Ancient Ways as a
Dedication One need only to. To
come to grips. Sumo Style that is. Gripping indeed. In deed
do such as the famed
Sumo appreciate these Arrow and Bow. Ways.
The Sacred Bow.
That is. Also. Divine.
The Yumitori-shiki Ceremony.
Ancient and of Yore indeed.
This intricately interesting Ceremonial Closing… Ceremony. A Ceremony
which closes the Sumo Tournament proper is a continuing Legacy
of the Ancient Traditions. Traditions
that still and now Dedicate Thanks and Appreciation to the Archers
Arts and Peoples of the Bow. A Champion is chosen. A Sacred Bow
presented. In thanks and respect thereof and therein.
The Sumo using Martial Style Movements and Actions then proceeds
to show and venerate said Bow to All present in recognition. Thus
and then so.
Ceremoniously… closing that Show.
Sumo. That is so. Harmonious
The Ways of Kyujutsu…
as well have been adapted as a Modern Discipline.
Kyudo that is. Kyudo is that
which so seeks within the Arrowed Arts
Physical, Mental and Spiritual coordination. Thereof. Therein
enfolding Philosophy of Buddhism, Taoism and Zen within. Within
were thus developed special Methods and Techniques to aid approach.
Physical Control achieved with stabilising Exercises and Movements.
Mental Control achieved with Motivation, Focus and Integration.
Spiritual ness soon follows. Balanced.
‘Tis Hoped. And Dreamed.
Worked at as well.
This Approach provides a subtle synthesis yet enables each to be emphasised
if the Archer is so willing. And/or as reqd. Each Lesson or piece of Knowledge
from any of the Physical, Mental or Spiritual Disciplines/Approaches…
applies thus and so. In some
and many Ways to the Others. Then on. In
Theory at least… On and to One’s Life in the Real.
The Basic Approach of the Ways of Kyudo.
The Disciplines per se. Are.
As follows. Herein. Below.
♦ THE STANCE : ASHIBUMI
♦ PREP AND BREATHING : DOZUKURI
♦ NOTCHING THE ARROW : YUGAME
♦ RAISE BOW AND DRAW : UCHIOKOSHI
♦ SETTLE AND DRAW : HIKIWAKE
♦ FINISH FULL DRAW AND TARGETING : KAI
♦ ARROW RELEASE : HANARE
♥ FINAL POSTURE : ZANSHIN
Festive Ways. As well.
Traditional Kyudo is extensively practiced within Archery of the Modern.
Many Schools of thought and action.
Legendary Archers from such and so Ways as the Nihon, Kajima, Soken,
Nichioku, Hioki, Ogasa-wara, Shigo, Takeda also. To
name several nomens therein as well. As well
still. Today there still is. A Festival of the Bow. Arriving…
soon in deed. Indeed.
That is. Soon in fact too. To
appreciate the ongoing contribution of the Arrowed
Bow. A Festival in deed. Is done. In Japan. Still.
Soon enough it seems.
Many Shrines, Organisations and associated ALL celebrate Yabusame.
This Festival of the Bow is performed by such at various Times and Places.
All over Japan.
Several indeed over the next oncoming few months.
Unlike the somewhat Zen approach mentioned afore this. This
Festival is rather more… fleet of foot.
The thunder of Hooves that is. In deed.
Mounted Horseback Archery.
The Yabusame. As Below that is.
Whistles whilst working as well. As well
as Whistling Arrows the thus and so
Mounted Archer-Horse-Rider has several.
In sight in deed. To target.
Festival Honors are still hotly contested events though Rituals
and the Disciplines are rigorously applied as well. Just as well. Too.
For many of the Festival attractions take up much of the Day. Much
Energy of Rider, Horse and the encouraging Crowd is partaken. Away
by the Action.
‘Tis good to… so and just take a Break.
From all that and those arrowing in and on things in deed.
Herein as well. In deed
Our World Legends.
Stay Balanced. Target and
Live Your Dreams.
Please Feel Free and If So Inclined To Contact/Comment:..
i, Shiro that is.
With Any Thoughts, Hints, Tips and Dreams.
If A Particular Legendary Theme or Our World Legends. Is A Desire.
To Be So Writ. Herein. It so seems.