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Old 08-05-2005, 02:26 PM   #11
Avery Jenkins
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Dojo: Litchfield Hills Aikikai
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Re: Zen in the art of archery

I, too, thought several of Yamada's arguments to be rather shallow.

As a side, note, on the shot-in-the-dark thing: My daughter is a nationally-ranked archer. In practice, her coaches regularly have the students shoot at the target with their eyes closed. I've seen some of these students make many a close "robin hood," as such arrow-atop-arrow shots are called. A good archer has a consistent form which they can replicate absent visual input.

And robin hoods aren't as rare as Yamada's half-baked statistics would lead you to believe. The wall of the local rod & gun club is full of them. I've shot one with traditional bow myself, and I'm no great shakes as an archer.
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