Blow darts taking off
The slow motion used to blow a dart is not what one might expect of a game born out of ninjutsu.
Players of the Japanese sport of fukiya must adhere to the correct form, which included breathing out for nine seconds while moving the long pipe slowly down before taking a shot.
Adrian Roberts brought fukiya to an Auckland retirement village a year ago, the first club of the sport in the country.
‘‘Some people say to me: ‘why don’t we just aim and shoot, do we have to do all of this movement?’
But it prepares you to shoot well . . . to focus on what you need to do,’’ the Greenhithe resident said.
‘‘It keeps your time, it keeps your focus, and it keeps your consistency – which is the hardest thing in any sport.’’
On Wednesdays about 20 shooters practice at the retirement village, some with hip operations sitting down and still hitting the targets, Roberts said.
‘‘Our oldest player has been 93 – and quite capable of shooting six metres.’’
Two Japanese masters visited Waita¯kere Gardens to grade New Zealand players for the first time on February 5.
Roberts, now a second dan, said he was working to expand the sport