Blow darts tak­ing off

North Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - SIMON SMITH

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

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