My father-in-law introduced me to 'mountain man' muzzleloading, weapons building, and buckskinning skills soon after I married his beautiful daughter. I learned to build tomahawks and knives. I also learned how to load, shoot and care for muzzle loader rifles and pistols. As I was watching people train in kyudo at the Okinawa Budokan the other day it made me realize that I had been practicing a ‘martial art' all these years without really recognizing it as such. Seeing them practice kyudo reminded me much of the way I was taught to shoot and care for muzzle loader rifles. All these years I have been training in an American ‘koryu' and I didn't even know it. I had to return to Okinawa again for it to dawn on me.