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.