Attention: "Sports blowgun" is changed to "International
since Dec.30 2003 .Cause in Japan "Sports fukiya" was registered brand name by JSFA.
Q14. Comparision and difference between IFA and JSFA 060104
International Fukiyado Association,Japan Sports Fukiya Association
|Bore||Standard is 13 mm but bore is free||13 mm. Carbon pipe is more slim|
|Quality, weight of pipe||Al.150ｇｒ、middle p.720ｇｒ,weight is free||Carbon90ｇｒ、Resin 250ｇｒ Metal is more|
|Hand making||Free||Not allowed,sanctioned tools only|
|Accesary||Any accesaries are free||Not allowed|
|Dart||Cone about 20ｃｍ、0.8ｇｒ is standard but shape
,length and weight is free
|Cone about 20ｃｍ、0.8ｇｒ|
|Feature of dart||Sharp point is used at game, broad head is not
available at IFA competition
|Flat point(Flat Nail head 3 mm in dia.)
It is difficult to pull away when dart hit the dart
|Sponge backstop mat||Hard spong mat,40 x 40 x 3 cm, durable||Soft sponge mat,33 x 33 x 3 cm,|
|Shooting manner||Free||Players must follow JSFA shooting manner|
|Game||Point game, matchbox dropping
|Point game, perfect 9,lLong distance,group game|
|Qualification||Any one can join,tool is free||Only paid member,sanctioned tool only can be used|
|Darts number||5 darts X 6 R(30)||5 darts X 4R(20) Group game is 5 darts for
a player X 5 persons(25 darts)
|Wire ring target||Available,scoring is easy,clear and even||Not available,dart on line is counted as the higher point,
the result is more than the score by wire ring score.
|Degree and Award||Free||Charged|
|5 Kyu||/||42 point by 10 darts at 5 meter|
|4 Kyu||/||46 point by 10 darts at 5 meter|
|3 Kyu||60---74 point by 30 darts at 10 m||50 point by 10 darts at 5 meter|
|2 Kyu||75---89 (same above)||75 point by 15 darts at 6 meter|
|1 Kyu||90---104 (same above)||100 point by 20 darts at 7 meter|
|Sho(1) Dan||105---119 (same above)||100 point by 20 darts at 8 meter|
|Iron or 2 Dan||120 ---149(same above)||150 point by 30 darts at 9 meter|
|Bronz or 3 Dan||150---161(same above)||150---161 by 30 darts at 10 m|
|Silver or 4 Dan||162---173 (same above)||162---173 Dan (same above)|
|Gold or 5Dan||175 and more over||174 point and more over|
|Master(meijin)||3 Golds in one year||5 Dan for three years and marked 186 point and more|
|Annual fee||Free||JPE 3.000(About USD 26)|
|Sanction||Tools and accesaries are free||Only sanctioned tools by JSFA are used at competition
and any accesary is forbidden
|Advertisement||Internet||Internet and post delivery|
|Trade mark||IFA is trade mark registered||JSFA is trade mark registered|
|Oversea affiliation||NSBA in USA||?|
|Patent||Trick blowgun 7 shaped lever||/|
|Head quater||2-6-20 Jonaicho Nagaoka 940-0061||2-5-12 Daikoasahi building Ginza Tokyo 116-0061|
|Chairman||Mr.Amante P.Marinas Sr.
Co-chairman Hironori Higuchi MD
|Mr. Kiyoshi Aoyagi|
Q22. I want to call myself as IFAA xxx branch.
I want to advertise the name by internet.Is is all right?
May 05 03
A.: Yes you can.Anybody who agreed with the aim of IFA can
call himself as IFA xxx branch.If he set up a tournment
according IFA competition rule he can advertise it as
ISBA tournment.All free,it costs nothing.
Q21.Will you tell me someone near me who like blowguns?
May 5 03
A: Many people would like to know someone near him who
loves blowguns.But like other shops I can't tell you the
blowgun friend even if I knew.
It's illegal to open private information without his permit.
If you would like to play blowguns together with someone,I will
put your name and phone number on my web site and you will
get a phone call.If a lady who don't like to open her name,she
better ask a gymnasium to be an intermediator.
Q20. Why Ameircans don't understand sports blowgun. Jan.2 02
Attention: Following is a opinion,send me your comment.
1.They don't have blowgun history except Cherokees.
2.They don't know the accurate japanese style film cones.
3.They don't believe the world record that Mr. Matsumoto
marked 189 points at 10 m by 30 darts.
4.The rats and woodchucks are too many in USA.. They
are satisfied to shoot these small animals at short
range by blowguns.They know small archeris are more
effective for small game hunting.
5.The law that prohibits blowguns in MA and CA gives
the image that blowguns are ferocious weapons.
6.The law that mouthpieces must be fixed to blowguns
is the obstacle for blowgun sports.Pushing lips to the
mothpiece sometimes decreases accuracy of shooting.
7.Most of blowguns buyers carry blowguns as the secret
weapons or self-defence weapons.
8.There are too many criminal addicts who would like to
use blowguns for criminals.
9.They don't know that people in jungle use blowguns to
protect animal resouces.They hunt games by blowguns
because it is weaker than archery.
10.They don't understand that blowguns are effective
sports that seniors and handicapped people can practice.
11.They don't know sports blowguns stimurates internal
organs and accelerate blood circulation. Blowguns are
the abdominal respiration health method.
12.They don't know that dew inside the pipe must be
wiped away after he blowed every 5 - 6 darts.
13.They don't know how to put a stabilizer weight on the
muzzle.Most of their pipes are simple aluminum pipes.
14.They still believe in the taboo of blowguns. They don't
make public that his name and he loves sports blowguns.
15. They don't know that sports blowguns are the new
big wave now in Japan.
16.They don't know two big organizations,Int'l Fukiyado Association,
and Japan Sports Fukiya Association.
17.They don't realize the loss that they don't know the
merits of sports blowguns.
18.Most of peope who bought blowguns stop practice
don't keep pratice cause blowguns are difficult to
learn and they believe that it can't be the accurate
sports.They don't reserch blowgun balistics.It is
special and not the same with gun and air rifle.
19.They look down Ninja and tropical jungle people
who have long history of blowguns.
Q19.What is different between japanese blowguns and american blowguns?
|Japanese blowguns||American blowguns|
|Darts||Thine plastic film cones||Steel wires|
|How dart flys||It flys like a glider||It flys like a stone by inertia|
|Power of player||He dosen't need powerneed power||He needs big power to blow|
|Distruction||It dosen't go deeply||It penetrates deeply|
|Pipe||No mouthpieces.He holdspipe end by his lips||They push lips to mouthpieces|
|Inner size||13 mm(51 Cal)||10mm(40 Cal)are popular|
|Length||Fixed to120 cm(47.3inch)||Unfixed.|
|How they use||Only for matches.||Hunting, self deffence.|
|Game||Points game,matchbox dropping,
long distance shooting.
|They do abiding by rule.|
|Shop||Few shops||Many internet shops|
|History||About in 1700 blowguns were popular||Cheroki used blowguns.|
*Japan Sports Fukiya Association JSFA Chair man Kiyoshi Aoyagi 3-8-12
(added on Sep.2 2001 revised Jan.4 2006)
Q18. Have you tried firearms? Are they legal in Japan?
A: In Japan fireams is strictly controlled. But I can buy firearms and
shoot ducks and bears if I got a license.
It is easy to shoot a bird on the tree or in the pond.I don't like to
kill the innocent birds and animals.I shoot only target and matchbox.
Q17.When you shoot at the matchbox, how long a pipe do you use?
How long have you been practising?(Added on Mar.3 2000)
A: My pipe is 120 cm(48inch or 3.6 feet) ,inside diameter is 13 mm(
50 caliber).It has a balance weight on the top and weighs 720 gr.
I practise sports blowgun for 10 years. However I am still addicted
by the blowgun.
Q3.How far does it fly and how accurately can you hit?
A: It is written that jungle people can fly the darts about 90 meters.
Once I tried and the dart flew 45 meters.It was not in straight line
but in a curved flight line. The limit of the dart flying in straight
flight line may be 20 meters. I practice the blowgun at the distance
of 10 meters in the room. I can aim the target from 13 meters in the
straight line. I have the private record of accuracy that averges 5.5
points for a dart when I blew 30 darts according my blowgun rule.
The counting of point are 7, 5 and 3 point in 6, 9, 18 cm circle in
diameter. I can hit a matchbox from 10 meters within 3 darts.
Q4.Why they shoot games with blowguns,don't they know archery?
A:Of course they know archery.They use blowguns not because
they are strong weapons but they are softer weaker than archery.
If they used strong weapons like archery,they know that resources
disappear quickly.They hunt the game with the soft weapon,approaching
the game quietely and blow the dart.Then the animals are not surprise
and do not run away.In such way they can stay for long time in one
place and it is a lifestyle in harmony with the nature.
I wish to say that their way of hunting is eco-hunting.
Q5.What is the charm of sport blowgun?
A: If you pull the triger of gun or air gun the bullet springs out easily and
you can shoot the target.It's a very simple action.The blowgun has no
triger,it is not so easy sport as you think..Simple in the structure and in
the movement but it is deep and the sports is misterious and unknown,
it is the charm of blowgun. You must train the Yoga respiration technique
to blow the pipe and shoot the dart. The energy to push darts is from
the chest muscles and abdominal muscle.You can progress in the distance
and accuracy if you train and study the blowgun everyday.Probably you will
be surprised at your progress and new discovery of the technique every day.
Q9. Was blowgun not a weapon of Ninja? Revised on May 20 1999
A: Ninja is not such one as we image now. Our image of Ninja is one who
puts on a black suit and runs fast quietly in the night. But real Ninja in the
Edo era was an intelligent agency who collected information about the enemy.
They had to put on ordinary suits which did not stand out. In Ninja book
Mansenshukai written in 17 century a blowgun dart was depicted. In Ueno city
in Mie pref.a short blowgun pipe like a musical instrument is preserved. It is said
that it was made in Edo era.They believe that the pipe was used by a Ninja.
Today in Japan traditonal Ninga martial arts schools are still active.One of them
is Bujinkan dojo which is located in Hukuzawa build. B 1F Kitaaoyama Minatoku
Tokyo, Tel 0480-92-4664. According Mr.Keiji Nakadai 9 dans(degrees),his teacher
Mr.Yoshiaki Hatsumi the famous successor of nine Ninpos schools told him that
blowgun training is found in Kumogakureryu Ninpo shcool. It is clear that in old
time Ninjas also practiced blowguns.But now Mr.Nakadai don't practice blowgun.
I don't know the exact size and accuracy of Ninja blowgun.Provably the pipe had
been very short and the accuracy is not comparable with sports blowgun. Ninja
martial art is very popular in USA.They practice it as a self defence technique
and survival methode.
Q10.Did they stick birds by blowgun in Edo era?(1997.4.3)
A:Tori sashi that means to stick a bird by blowgun .Hunting bird by blowgun is
our traditional manner.It is written in the encyclopedia and a picture of Torisashi
still remains.In Kakekawashi about 130 years old blowgun is kept. But now hunting
wild animals and birds needs licence.Bird is not so many as in the old time,it is
impossible to hunt the wild birds by the blowgun.
Q11.Is it true that Ainu people hunted games by blowgun?(1997.4.3)
A:Blowgun is originaly southern hunting weapon.In cold area when one blows
the pipe dew sticks on the inside of pipe.This is the most week point of blowgun.
I asked Akan sight seeing association in Hokkaido,they said that they don't find
any data of blowgun in Hokaido.I think the story that Ainu people used blowgun
is a fiction. Probably Someone wrote such a mistaken novel.
Q16.I s there any example that showed blowgun makes people strong?
A: In Japan blowgun had three centuries history ,but it has been forgotten about
hundred yeas ago.There is no typical data concerning blowgun and health. In
Kakekawa city, Shizuoka Pref.The grand father of Mr.Shusaku Saito who was
born in 1863 was died when he was 93 years old.He made the long blowgun
200 inches in the length.Mr.Saito still use the blowgun and his darts are very
heavy. These fact tell us that blowgun fits for sports. I play blowgun for 10
years and I can play windsurfing ,ski,snowboard and monocycle. I think that my
healthy condition is made by the blowgun. (Added on Feb.26 1998)
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