Kyodo: the Philosophy of Japanese Archery

In Japan, archery is considered the first martial art. However, when the Japanese military removed archery from its quiver to make room for guns, archery’s popularity in the country fell. The way of the bow had to change to survive. Kyodo became more than a way to protect the country; it became a way to protect your serenity and sanity. The Japanese took a war practice and re-invented it to help people find their inner peace. The practice of Kyodo emphasis form over goal with the knowledge that “right shooting results in a hit” (“Target” by Jerome Chouchan).

Each shot is separated from every other. Your last shot doesn’t matter. Forget about it, go into your form and take your shot. Don’t think about the shot to come. Only this shot matters. This arrow is the one that counts. There is no other arrow before or after it. Clearing your mind and allowing your body to work with your mind and eyes is something foreign to many people in the west. Rather than control the arrow, we must let it flow from our practiced actions and a place of trust.

While “Target” claims to be a book about business, it is also a book about life. Pick it up at Lincoln City Archery or on Amazon (affiliate link) and take your archery practice to a different level.

In addition to a collection of books on archery, we have a wide variety of books written by self-published writers. These are books that you generally wont’ find in larger bookstores that rely on publishing house distributors. Many of our books are written or edited by local authors (including the range leader at our location).

At Lincoln City Archery, we provide archers the opportunity to increase their knowledge of traditional archery and practice their skills at our indoor archery range in Lincoln City, Oregon. Like traditional archery, reading books takes focus and concentration. Turning off your electronics and reading a book for an hour will improve your focus and concentration. If the story is good enough, it won’t even seem like practicing. Plus, it’s a great way to pass the time when you can’t make it to the range. Happy shooting, happy reading, and let’s get on target.

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13 episodes in: ‘Salvation’ Won’t Come from Shoddy Work

After 13 episodes of “Salvation” the most unforgivable action came from an assassin. He shoots his target at close range in the shoulder, then shoots a bystander in the chest and head. He had surprise on his side, so this should have been an easy task. Instead of checking on his target to see if she was still alive or dead, he douses everything in flammable liquids and starts a fire.

Dude. Seriously? You’re an assassin. Your next move after shooting the bystander would’ve been to go around the desk and finish off the target. Morgan Freeman in “Nurse Betty” said it best, “Three in the head, you know their dead.” (I use the quote in “The Pirate Union.”)

Because this professional killer and cleaner didn’t do his job, the target was able to send an incriminating email and accomplish the task, her death was supposed to prevent. We aren’t 100 percent sure that she’s dead, so it might be that this assassin did not complete his mission at all.

Maybe, this makes the story more interesting, but come on. All I want is for people to do their jobs well. Whatever your profession, whatever work you do, do it well. Even if you don’t like it. Until you quit, you need to instill in yourself the habits that will transfer to any other work you choose. Doing the job correctly should be a top priority for everyone who is employed.

And, I guess, I also want a story that’s a little more believable. The fate of the world is in question; this assassin knew that the target needed to be eliminated. He should’ve completed the job correctly.