January 18, 2006
from T.L. of USA:
"Hello mister Lee,
In the French version of TA, I noted that you speak about the concentration on the movement the one towards other one of the shoulder blades towards the spine what according to me means that the shoulder blade of bow also moves towards the spine.
However, you say that the shoulder blade of bow does not get closer to the spine but stays in low position.... Thus, it is fixed?
In front of these two opposite explanations I do not know any more what I have to understand to realize the good technique. Can let me know how I have to interpret these texts. Thank you for your understanding and for your answer. "
I think there has been a bit of confusion with the word Scapula in singular and plural terms. The singular term is Scapula and the plural can either be Scapulae or Scapulas.
However, in answer to your question, the bow arm scapula should not move once the archer has reached the “Hold” stage and also during the “Expansion” the bow Scapula should [b}not move.
However, when you look at the photos on our website under Scapulae Photos you will notice that after the release the bow arm scapula has come closer to the spine, this however, is due to the angular release movement. If that were not the case it would be an indication of a push or pull release, rather than an angular release movement.