Kyoto Budo Center Kyudojo At Night

Dan Savage has a nice blog about living in Japan and he is a good photographer so it is always nice to see good shots of archers in beautifulo dojos.  Shooting this picture of an archer at night At the Kyoto Budo Kyudojo must have been hard.

Mr. Savage has several more nice pictures in the kyudo catagory!

Tired of Targets? Try Shooting At Frying Pans!

Makoto Nagahuchi posted a link to this video of an archer apparently shooting at a metal frying pan.  The slow motion video of the hit makes me think this video is real.

And of course there is always the tests done at Tsukuba University.

Interesting makiwara shareis

Rick Beal forwarded to me these interesting videos of a makiwara sharei using a very large makiwara.  I believe this was in Okayama Prefecture:

Tribute to, and inspired by, the late great Dr. Benjamin H. Hazard

With the passing of Dr. Benjamin Hazard, whom I first met in September 1979 when he was still doing kyudo, I have been struck at how important Dr. Hazard was in teaching and fostering traditional Japanese martial arts in San Jose, in California, and in America.  In preparing to speak at the memorial service I came across his translation of the Shaho Hassetsu into English in 1975.  Until the English kyohon was published it was the only book many of us had to learn archery and how to shoot correctly.

In the spirit of Dr. Hazard I have published a page devoted to the Shaho Hasstsu Notes.  The tanslator is not listed but I suspect it was Earl Hartman sensei who originally did it.  The importance of this document is that it covers virtually every test question which could be asked at a kyudo promotion test on the subject of the shaho hassetsu.  For example, under Ashibumi it lists three things: distance between the feet, angle of the feet, big toes aligned with the center of the target.  If a test candidate was asked to "explain" ashibumi then that person could not get full credit for their answer if their answer did not mention all three of those items. 

This document covers all the critical things that must be considered during the act of shooting.  I offer this page as a skeleton to flesh out as needed to prepeare for your kyudo written test and I offer it freely as Dr. Hazard offerred his translations.  I hope it benefits archers both known and unknown to me.

Good luck to all of you on your future written tests!

E.Clay Buchanan

European Kyudo Championship (Taikai) 2011 in Vienna!

Next weekend, May 28th and May 29th in Vienna is the 11th EKF taikai.  They have a great flyer for it which you can see by clicking here!

You can see the web page here.

Good luck to all the Participants!

Passing of Dr. Benjamin H. Hazard


Benjamin H. Hazard, 91 entered into rest on May 16, 2011

Son of Massachusetts , he became a world traveler, serving in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean conflict as a language officer in the Pacific Theater. He continued to serve as a reserve officer and retired with the rank of Colonel.

After receiving a PhD in History from the University of California , at Berkeley he was a History Professor for many years at San Jose State University .  A student of Japanese martial arts, he achieved 7th Degree Hanshi in Kendo and was instrumental in fostering the growth of Kendo, Kyudo and Naginata in California .

Preceded in death by his beloved wife Sumie Chikamori Hazard, he is survived by his daughters Daian Hennington, Alyne Hazard, Malyne Hazard, Francesca Custodia, three grandchildren and a host of loving students, friends and extended family.
 Note:
Visitation is at Oak Hill Funeral Home Saturday, May 21 from 1 pm  until 9 pm .

Memorial Service at Oak Hill Chapel of the Roses on Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm .
Oak Hill Memorial Park

300 Curtner Avenue
San Jose , CA  95125   (408) 297-2447



Reception Follows Immediately at


1523 Altamont Avenue
San Jose , CA 95125


Alyne (408) 761-0827


Nice overview of Dr. Hazard's military and martial arts history.

Outstanding example of a kendo history article which only Dr. Hazard, with his experience and attention to detail could write!

And a nice set of pictures from the funeral on facebook.

Target Position Device At Kyoto Tai

At the Kyoto taikai the azuchi is solid material so how do you make sure that targets are EXACTLY in the right place?  You use a specially made target position too!  Very clever.



Kyudo Taihai as Flash Animation!

I found this site via a facebook posting by the Brazil Kyudo Kai and I am VERY impressed with the flash animations that Mr. Tanaka Toshihiko has done on his web site. 

 These really are detailed flash videos of how to recover from shitsu, standard five person test style sequence and so on.

A big thank you to Toshihiko san for the work of building such a web page!

E.Clay

Video Montage Of The Annual Sanjusangendo Tai Kai

Nice video review of scenes from the annual long distance shooting at the Sanjusangendo Temple in Kyoto.