Written test questions from the April 2015 Special Test in Nagoya, Japan



In order to ensure impartiality and fairness, the written exam subjects for Prefectural Shinsa and Regional Shinsa will be made public from April 2015.  In all Shinsa, the written exam should be made up of 2 subjects: 1 from the A list and 1 from the B list.
Subjects shall be revised in a few years.
Category
A list (shooting principle and shooting skill, Taihai, fundamental form, etc.)
B list (ideology, concepts, training attitude, etc.)
Mushite

Shodan
1.      Name in order the Eight Stages of Shooting (Shaho – Hassetsu) and give brief explanation for each one.
2.      Name the “Basic Postures” (4) and the “Basic Movements” (8).
3.      Explain what you know about the “Bow Holding Posture” (Toriyumi no Shisei).
4.      Write on the state of “Ashibumi”.
1.      What was your motivation (what brought you) to start Kyudo?
2.      What do you want to learn through Kyudo?
3.      What are you glad to have learnt through Kyudo?
4.      What do you pay attention to in order to prevent accidents?
Nidan
1.      Name the basic postures (4) and give a brief explanation for each one.
2.      Name the basic movements (8) and give a brief explanation for each one.
3.      Write on the importance of “Dozukuri”.
4.      Name the eight stages of shooting (Shaho-Hassetsu) and explain the importance of “Zanshin”.
5.      What do you pay attention to in “Yugamae”.
1.      Write your impression on Kyudo training.
2.      What is the goal of your kyudo practice?
3.      Write on the differences between Kyudo and the other sport.
4.      What is your objective in taking an exam.
5.      What do you pay attention to in order to prevent accidents?
Sandan
1.      What should one pay attention to when performing the basic movements?
2.      What should one pay attention to when doing Daisan?
3.      Write on the benefits of Makiwara training?
4.      Write on the importance of “Sanju-Jumonji”.
5.      Mention the “three principles for dealing with errors (Shitsu)” and explain the method for dealing with the “Breaking of the String”.
1.      What do you pay attention to in your daily practice?
2.      How do you put your Kyudo training into practice in your actual life?
3.      How do you prepare yourself before taking an exam?
4.      What are the difficulties that you encounter in your daily practice?
5.      What do you pay attention to in your daily practice to ensure the security of your comrades?
Yondan
1.      Explain how the Daisan position influences the shooting.
2.      Write on the “Goju-Jumonji”.
3.      List the “Fundamentals of the Basic Movements (8)” and give a brief explanation for each one.
4.      Name the “Fundamentals of Shooting Principle and Shooting Skill” (5) and give a brief explanation for each one.
5.      Write on “Tsumeai and Nobiai”.
1.      Write on the necessary attitude in the performance of shooting.
2.      Write on how to prepare oneself before an exam and on the importance of taking an exam.
3.      What is the main message of the “Raiki-Shagi”?
4.      What is the main message of the “Shaho-kyu”?
5.      What should one pay attention to in order to prevent accidents when teaching younger students?
Godan
1.      Write on the importance of the Fundamental Form (Kihontai).
2.      Write on the relationship between the movements and the breathing (Ikiai).
3.      Write on “Tsumeai and Nobiai” performed in “Kai”.
4.      Explain what the “basic body Form” is.
5.      Explain the meaning of “Hiku-Yazuka Hikanu-Yazuka ni Tada- Yazuka”.
6.      Explain what the “Fundamentals of the Shooting Principle and Shooting Skill” are.
7.      Write on the “Five Torsos” (Go-Do).
1.      Write on the purpose of Kyudo training.
2.      Write on the “everday mind” (Heijoshin).
3.      Write on “Truth, Goodness and Beauty” (Shin, Zen, Bi).
4.      Write on the purpose of Kyudo training.
5.      Explain the meaning of the expression “Kyudo is Life” (Sha Soku Jin) by giving some examples from your own daily life.
6.      What should a Kaizoe keep in mind?
7.      What should one pay attention to in order to prevent accidents when teaching beginners?


Written test question examples from the April 2015 Kyudo magazine



This was read to me by Yoshiko Buchanan sensei:

From the April 2015 edition of the Kyudo magazine,

Mushitei written test question example:

Q. Explain ashibumi which is a part of the shaho hassetsu.
Q. What are the important points to prevent accidents?

Yoshiko wanted those of you testing at the overseas seminars to be aware of these just published questions.  There is no guarantee they will be used but their use in the most recent edition of the kyudo magazine means the IKYF considers them important questions for archers testing for Shodan at this time.
 

AKR Update, 2015 March edition

March 2015

From the AKR:

1) International Kyudo Federation American Seminar (http://sckyudo.com/) takes place from the 27th to the 29th in July, 2015. The SCKR is now providing the seminar info. The cover letter has the basic important information including the following. Please note a couple of reminders:

    (1) The federation president and affiliated groups are requested to compile the IKYF “Seminar Excel application form” and to submit the total applicants from the federation. The excel application form has been distributed by Blackewell sensei this month.
    (2) The SCKR is accepting your shipping of equipment. Please make sure to ship your equipment to the following address:


Aaron Blackwell-National Kyudo Seminar 2015

South Carolina Upstate University

800 University Way

Spartanburg, SC 29303


Contact: TEL:864-503-5000 Email: info@uscupstate.edu(Please remember to bring return shipping papers)
Website: https://www.uscupstate.edu/about_upstate/
Date:


Seminar:    July 27th to the 29th, 2015 (Mon through Wed)Banquette:    July 27th (Mon) (It has been changed from the 28th)AKR Taikai:    July 28th (Tue) The taikai schedule is ready now. Please see the attachment for your participation. The dead line is June 15th.AKR Board Meeting:    July 29th (Wed)Shinsa:    July 30th (Thu) SEE the “From the ANKF” section for the new shodan category. Shinsa application form site:
http://www.ikyf.org/pdf/ShinsaApplicationFormunder.pdf
I would like to advise everyone that all the testing applicants are planning to fly out late that evening due to the shinsa schedule. If your flight schedule is tight you may miss either your test or the flight.Seminar cost: $390 (venue, food and insurance, accommodation is not included)



2) 2015 Seminar T-Shirts are ready!! Information will be sent and an order form will be distributed separately. Thanks to <deleted> (NCKF) for designing and managing this AKR fundraiser T-shirt sale. This year’s color is burgundy and the price is $15. There are men’s sizes and women’s sizes available. We are looking forward to receiving many orders. Thank you!

The AKR seminar logo was created with the help of <deleted> (NCKF). We are allowed to use the IKYF logo for the seminar signs, seminar T-shirts and documents.
3) The Asia Oceania Kyudo seminar is coming up!! The dorm rooms have been assigned by the IKYF organizers. Please ask your president about the assignment and find which dorm you will be staying in. Wishing all of you good luck and all the best.

From the ANKF:

1) Shodan shinsa category.


The AKR has received the following explanation about the “Shodan shinsa” category. The ANKF has offered the “Mushitei” shinsa until the AKR 2013 seminar however, as of today, the ANKF will no longer offer Mushitei at “CHUO SHINSA”s (translator’s note: Examinations directly governed by the ANKF, for example all Shinsas in the US are classified as “Chuo shinsa”.)
As the “Shodan Shinsa” was offered both in Nagoya in April and also in Europe in July, 2014, the ANKF has decided to offer Shodan Shinsa to the US Shinsa in 2015.
The shinsa information in 2013 indicated “Mushitei” however, this year’s shinsa information indicates “Shodan Shinsa”. (from other email from the ANKF: result of the shinsa will be pass or fail. There will be no “kyu” rank given.)
The shinsa application form that you will find on the ANKF website has a “Mushitei “selection but this indication is for ANKF domestic (in Japan) test applications. We apologize for the negligence of an explanation on this matter in advance. Your understanding is highly appreciated. (Feb. 16, 2015 Miike/IKYF)
(from the ANKF office, Feb. 17, 2015)
Writing the shinsa application form: Except the “Katakana writing” writing the form in English is recommended. It must be hand written by the testing candidate (copied form is not accepted. translator’s note). Additional note like “rissha” and others could be written for the candidates (in Japanese).


初段審査について、2013年までの米国審査までは、初段は無指定審査として実施をしておりましたが、現在、中央審査では無指定審査を実施しておりません。


4月の名古屋ならびに7月欧州につきましても以前から無指定審査は行っておらず、初段審査(合否の何れか)のみ実施しておりますので今年の【米国】特別外国臨時中央審査についても初段審査とさせていただきました。


2013年の審査実施要項には、無指定・初段と記載しておりましたが本年の実施要項は、初段としております。


ホームページ掲載の審査申込書PDFについては、無指定の欄がありますが、


これは、中央審査ではなく、日本国内の都道府県弓道連盟の無指定審査用となります。


この点については、事前に説明がなくご迷惑をお掛けしたことお詫びいたします。


以上について、ご理解をいただきたくよろしくお願い申し上げます。2/16/2015


審 査申込書の記入については、今すぐとは申しませんが、氏名のカタカナ以外は英語でも結構ですので、今後の申込みついては受審されるご自身でご記入いただけ れば幸いです。 補足事項(立射、その他)などがある場合は、日本語で代筆いただければと考えております。 事務局:三池 2/17/2015


2) Permission for translation has been asked to the ANKF. As of the 31st of Jan 2015 there is no response from the ANKF.

From the IKYF:

1) About IKYF ID to attend the 2015 KYF/US seminar

This article is to answer the question that was brought up by one of the AKR members this month. The question was asking if a member who does not have an IKYF ID can attend the IKYF/US seminar and also if the participant needs an ID even if he is not testing.

The answer is YES. Everyone who attends IKYF events (AOS, IKYF/US and IKYF/EU) needs his/or her ID. However, first time attendees, those who have not yet obtained an ID and those who resume their AKR membership but VALID ID at the time of their event applications; such people will be registered by the IKYF and will be given their IDs or IDs will be renewed after the dead line of the event application.

New IDs will be notified to the countries of the applicants. ID cards will be distributed during the events and the ID card recipients must pay the fee. Each country is responsible to collect the fees. Further details will be sent after the application is closed.

The validity of the ID is January to December of the year. Those who obtain or renew at this seminar time will carry their ID from April to Dec., 2015, which is shorter than the standard duration, will need to renew their IDs for 2016 if they need to. Your understanding is appreciated.


お問い合わせいただいた、IDの件について、


審査を受審されなくても、各種セミナー(アジオセ、米国、欧州)に参加を


希望される方々は、IDが必要となりますが、新規会員(再登録される方など)が


セ ミナー申込時には申込書のID記入欄は空欄で結構です。 セミナー申込〆切後に、こちらでID登録をいたします。 新規ID番号(ID発行者)については、各国あてへ連絡をいたします。 セミナー期間中に、IDカードを配布いたしますので、各国事務局は更新料を取り纏めてお支払いください。詳細については、セミナー〆切後に連絡させていた だきます。


なお、ID更新期間については、昨年通知のとおり1月から12月の間となるため、


セミナー参加者(審査受審者)の方々は期間が短く(セミナー申込時4月~12月で)


なりますが、その点は、ご理解いただきたくお願い申し上げます。

2) UPCOMING IKYF SEMINARS in 2015: 2015 IKYF American Seminar: See “From the AKR” on the first page. The AKR Kyudo Taikai info has been put up (see the attachment).

3) 2015 and IKYF/EKF seminar in July/2015

Both the seminar and the test application are closed. There will be 2 members from Brasil Kyudokai and two members from the VKR to attend this IKYF/EKF seminar.


New Checking in bows and quivers when flying seems to be getting tougher and tougher year by year. One of the AKR members who left for Japan to attend the AOS had to unpack her bow package at the UA check-in counter. She had to buy two boxes to make a long enough package for the bow. It made an extra expenditure of $200 on top of the over-size charge.


It is not a bad idea to ask the airlines that you use about the latest rules of check-in baggage and their oversize rules in advance.

From the EKF: There is no news this month.

From the Affiliates:

1) New Brasil Kyudo-Kai helped kyudo friends of both Paraguay and Chile . 

Mr. Yanai instructed the seminars in Paraguay and Chile. A couple of kyudo friends are planning to come to the IKYF/US seminar in July. I would like to announce that Mr. Yanai and his wife have decided to return to Japan after so many years of making their efforts to build a bridge between Brasil and Japan. Kyudo is one of his dreams to introduce to his friends in Brasil. Thanks to his sincere efforts a kyudo link is developing among Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile.

I would like to send him my heartfelt gratitude and wish the very best for his future life in Japan.

AKR Update, February 2015 edition

1) Matomae Practice:

SAVE THE DATES!!

Please let me know if you will register for the NCKF seminar on May 31st by the 7th of March. NCKF needs to know the head count to make the event break even.

I have scheduled for the last half of 2015 as follows:
  • July 11th and 25th
  • August 15th and 29th
  • September 12th and 26th
  • October 3rd, 17th and 31st
  • November 7th and 21st
  • December 5th all from 12:00 to 6:00 except the 12th (It will be rehearsal of Shukushakai and Noshakai)
  • December 12th from 12:00 to 5:00 (?) 2015 Shukushakai and Noshakai
2) About application of the "2015 International Kyudo Federation American seminar" 

Please let Yoshiko Buchanan know your participation in the seminar before you obtain the signature of the NCKF president. Once your seminar application form is singed by the NCKF president please send to SCKR that is the seminar organizer of 2015.

3) MUSHITEI SHINSA IS NO LONGER OFFERED BY THE ANKF. (mushitei shinsa is an open test for no rank holders) 

Please read the note from the ANKF carefully and understand what shinsa category is now offered by the ANKF for those with no rank who take their first test.

From the ANKF office, Feb. 16, 2015

The AKR has received the following explanation about the “Shodan shinsa” category. The ANKF has offered the “Mushitei” shinsa until the AKR 2013 seminar however, as of today, the ANKF will no longer offer Mushitei at “CHUO SHINSA”.

(translator’s note: Examinations directly governed by the ANKF, for example all Shinsas in the US are classified as “Chuo shinsa”.)

As the “Shodan Shinsa” was offered both in Nagoya in April and also in Europe in July, 2014, the ANKF has decided to offer Shodan Shinsa to the US Shinsa in 2015.

The shinsa information in 2013 indicated “Mushitei” however, this year’s shinsa information indicates “Shodan Shinsa”. (from other email from the ANKF: result of the shinsa will be pass or fail. There will be no “kyu” rank given.)

The shinsa application form that you will find on the ANKF website has a “Mushitei “selection but this indication is for ANKF domestic (in Japan) test applications. We apologize for the negligence of an explanation on this matter in advance. Your understanding is highly appreciated. 


From the ANKF office, Feb. 17, 2015)

Writing the shinsa application form: Except the “Katakana writing” writing the form in English is recommended. It must be hand written by the testing candidate (copied form is not accepted. translator’s note). Additional note like “rissha” and others could be written for the candidates (in Japanese). 

4) NCKF now has new liability insurance 

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From the AKR:

1) International Kyudo Federation American Seminar(http://sckyudo.com/) takes place from the 27th to the 29th in July, 2015. The SCKR is now providing the seminar info. (See the attached files)

PLACE: South Carolina Upstate University
                800 University Way
                Spartanburg, SC 29303
TEL:864-503-5000 Email: info@uscupstate.edu

Website:https://www.uscupstate.edu/about_upstate/

Date: Seminar: July 27th to the 29th, 2015 (Mon through Wed)

Banquette: July 27th (Mon) (It has been changed from the 28th)

AKR Taikai: July 28th (Tue)

AKR Board Meeting: July 29th (Wed)

Shinsa: July 30th (Thu) SEE the “From the ANKF” section for the new shodan category. Shinsa application form site:

http://www.ikyf.org/pdf/ShinsaApplicationFormunder.pdf

I would like to advise everyone that all the testing applicants are planning to fly out late that evening due to the shinsa schedule. If your flight schedule is tight you may miss either your test or the flight.

Seminar cost: $390 (venue, food and insurance, accommodation is not included)

Seminar T-shirts: 2015 IKYF/AKR Kyudo seminar T-shirts will be available. You will receive the image of the T-shirts and an order form as soon as the design is created. We are permitted to use the IKYF logo, so you will see both the AKR and the IKYF logos on the T-shirts.

2) The Asia Oceania Kyudo is closed. I am pleased to announce that there are members of the AKR and affiliated countries who will take the shinsa at the 4th Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar in Nagoya in April, 2015. The total number of participants are 26 from the AKR and AKR affiliated countries. Argentina – 4 / Brazil – 5 / USA - Northern CA – 8 / USA - South Carolina – 1 / USA - Southern CA – 2 / USA - Virginia - 6

3) Creating an AKR annual tournament: There is a proposal from the AKR office for a national kyudo tournament. 
 
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5) AKR website lead editor wanted!!
 
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6) Creating a translation committee group was suggested to the Translation Committee.

There was a good and competent interpreters group at the 2013 Seminar in SC. If the AKR had a group of such competent and dedicated interpreters there could be even more translations to create even more useful information for AKR members. Such a group could contribute their work to the AKR website also. We look forward to hearing from the committee in the near future.

7) For the Asia Oceania Seminar:

There are 30 participants who are requesting the dorm. All of the participants who requested it can stay in the dorm.

About the EKF seminar:

Currently applications of "B1.C1" seminar are over the capacity, so the IKYF office is discussing with the organizer, Swiss Kyudo Renmei. They will notify us as soon as decision is made.

I'm sorry about the uncertainty in the EKF seminar (from the US, 2 VKR students registered to attend). When we know for certain about acceptance of your registrations to the IKYF/EKF seminar, we will let you know.

Sincerely,
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From the IKYF:

All,

Attached are the official seminar forms from the IKYF. The seminar will be July 27 - 29 with testing on the 30th. Other information and applications can be found at www.sckyudo.com. Please pay careful attention to the application deadlines.
This year those without rank will test "Shodan" not "Mushite." This is different from the recent past. Please be careful on this point.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.


01_2015_American_Seminar_Implementation_Guidelines.pdf

       Aaron Blackwell
South Carolina Kyudo Renmei