Darts: a game where participants compete with one another by throwing small arrow like devices at a target that is round and has numbers and sections and an inner bull with an outer bull and so on. Darts now refer to the standard game with a specific bristle board design and a set of rules. Rules that are general to the game and rules that govern games like, “501,” “301,” and “Cricket.”

Darts is a traditional pub game that was and is commonly played in the United Kingdom as well as other places in Europe and across the pond here in the America’s.

Wikipedia tells hits history in a terse form, i.e., “The dartboard may have its origins in the cross-section of a tree. An old name for a dartboard is "butt"; the word comes from the French word but, meaning "target". In particular, the Yorkshire and Manchester Log End boards differ from the standard board in that they have no treble, only double and bullseye, the Manchester board being of a smaller diameter, with a playing area of only 25 cm across with double and bull areas measuring just 4 mm. The London Fives board is another variation. This has only 12 equal segments numbered 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10, 20, 5, 15, 10 with the doubles and triples being a quarter of an inch wide.”

There have been a variety of darts created over the years but the most common today is the tungsten dart. There are electronic darts but for this blog and for my efforts in tossing darts I remain a steel dart fan and enthusiast. I am recommending a book for novice darters but only because it appealed to me and my studies and rest assured most of the dart books out there are outstanding. In short, find one if this one does not fit your needs and get it. I can tell you when I started to play over twenty years ago, before I laid down my darts in 96, I tossed darts for several years without knowing some very important and critical mechanics, etc., of the dart game. As I take up once again my steel darts I have found a fountain of information to help make the game both enjoyable and competitive. Enjoy, diddle for the middle and let the darts fly!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Datsu Chushin [ダーツ中心]

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This term or phrase or whatever it may actually be is to express a type of focus, i.e., a centering, the heart of, the focus of, an emphasis and balance on being centered. Being centered is another way of saying you have balance in life but herein I mean to say that one must achieve a complete and total “focus” on darts. 

Datsu-chushin is about darts focus. It is about applying a type of immovable mind where distractions are not possible or at least pushed out of the conscious mind while performing datsu-no-kata in a game of darts. 

To center oneself not just in the tanden, the belly or center of our bodies, but to center one’s mind on one distinct thought, visualization and act. The act of throwing the perfect dart that hits the target consistently and achieve the darters goals, to throw a perfect dart game. 

I am talking about such a focus that you are actually putting on blinders, symbolically, on your eyes and ears so that you cannot be disturbed while throwing/tossing darts at the dart board. This is another reason why I suggested a refocus, a paradigm shift, away from the classic goals and mind-set of winning and winning money. That is, as stated in another article, merely a benefit of having a perfect game plan and implementing it with a focus not on the adversary or his throws or his scores or his lead in the game but on you, yourself, your darts, your kata throws, etc., and your dart board while everyone and all else falls out of focus and becomes just a dim disturbance of your environment, a non-distraction environmental condition you play around. 


Chaplin, Patrick, PhD. “The Official Bar Guide to Darts.” Sterling Publishing. New York. 2010.

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