The second Asia-Oceania Kyudo Seminar

Applications and information about the second Asia-Oceania Kyudo Seminar is now being sent out to IKYF member federations.
Note the special guests section says non IKYF federations require “consultation”.

Special Guests
1. Membership in the Kyudo Association of New Zealand
2. Membership in the Taiwan Kyudo Association
3. Membership in a local association of the All Nippon Kyudo Federation (foreign members)
4. Members of IKYF membership federation and members in countries that have not joined the IKYF except
above 1. to 3. will require consultation.

The second Asia-Oceania Kyudo Seminar

Sponsors: International Kyudo Federation
Co-sponsors: All Nippon Kyudo Federation

(Coordinators): Aichi Prefectural Kyudo Renmei

Seminar : Friday, April 12 - Sunday , April 14, 2013
Special Shinsa: Monday, April 15, 2013

Shinsa applicants categories: Sho Dan to Roku Dan. Shogo categories: Renshi
Please refer to the Nagoya Special International Shinsa Yoko
(Order of events)

Day 1 April 12, Friday
08:30 Reception for Seminar
09:00 Seminar opening ceremony
17:00 End of Day 1

Day 2 April 13, Saturday
09:00 Seminar
16:00 End of Day 2
18:30 Reception

Day 3 April 14, Sunday
09:00 Seminar
11:30 Closing ceremony End of Day 3
13:00 Voluntary Practice (Shinsa Training)

Day 4 April 15, Monday
09:00 Shinsa opening ceremony
10:00 Nagoya Special International Shinsa
14:00 Closing

Venue Nippon Gaishi Sports Plaza Kyudo-jo
5-1-5 Higashi Matabee Cho, Minami Ku, Nagoya City 457-0833
Tel. 052 614 6211
Alight at Kasadera Station (Japan Rail) – 5 minutes on foot via the connecting pedestrian bridges.
Alternatively, alight at Motokasadera Station (Meitetsu) or Ooe Station. 15 minute walk from the station.

Special Guests
1. Membership in the Kyudo Association of New Zealand
2. Membership in the Taiwan Kyudo Association
3. Membership in a local association of the All Nippon Kyudo Federation (foreign members)
4. Members of IKYF membership federation and members in countries that have not joined the IKYF except
above 1. to 3. will require consultation.

Fees for Participation
JPY10,000 (Seminar participation fee)
- Fees for participation in Nagoya Special International Shinsa are payable separately
- Transportation costs to the venue (arrangements for roundtrip plane tickets), accommodation during the
seminar, and meals are the responsibility of the participant.

Applications for Participation
The required items should be filled in on the prescribed application forms (Excel files) and submitted by the
affiliated country/ association by email to the address below.

Arrangements for either of the two requested accommodations can be made.
If arrangements for accommodation are required, please note this on the application form for the seminar and
submit this as done with the participation form.
- Arrangement for accommodation A – Nippon Gaishi Sports Plaza Kenshu To: 60 places are available (Please
refer to the separate form)
- Arrangement for accommodation B – Nagoya Kasadera Washington Hotel Plaza: 30 places available (Please
refer to the separate form)

Application deadline
Friday February 15, 2013

Address for applications (enquiries)
‘Asia-Oceania Kyudo Seminar’
International Kyudo Federation
Kishikinen Taiiku Kaikan Room 507, Jinnan 1-1-1, Shibuya Ku, Tokyo 150-0041
tel. 03 3481 2387 (excl. Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays)

Additional Notes
Regarding the intended use of private information
The participants consent to the use of information taken from the application forms to be used for inclusion in
the following documents.
1) The participant register for the seminar and related documents (name, affiliated country/ chapter, age,
acquired Shogo and date of acquisition, acquired Dan I and date of approval, and related items).
2) The report related to the seminar in the Federation publications (Federation magazine, etc.) (name,
affiliated country/ chapter, acquired Shogo and Dan I)

For Dojo Heads!

From The AKR

There was an accident at the kyudojo of the Hamamatsu City High School on the 2nd of December, 2012.  The arrow that was shot by a male student hit a head of a girl who was inside of the left “Kantekishi (arrow watch room)”. Her right skull was fractured.  She is critical but alive.

The Kantekisho has a window and she was watching hits and misses but the arrow shot through the window (70cm x 60cm) of the kantekisho and hit her right forehead.  However the police is investigating if the window was closed or not at that time.  They have a rule to keep closing the window while practice.

I would like to alert your attention to this accident and reassure your safety rules and methods while practice; safety confirmation between shajo and azuchi, assurance of the area of yatori person(s) waiting, displaying a red flag(s) and all the necessary precautions

No More Overseas Renshi tests!

On  page 22 of the November 2012 kyudo magazine there is an announcement that will greatly affect overseas seminars.  If I am reading the article correctly it says that testing in overseas seminars will now be up to godon only.  No renshi or rokudan tests.

I am surprised this issue was not debated and announced by the IKYF.  Perhaps it was and I just didn't hear about it.  So, it appears that if you want to test for renshi or above you will now have to travel to Japan.

The article also mentions that due to the large number of participants the possibility of multiple European Kyudo Federation seminars in multiple locations is being considered.

Pictures From Kyudo USA 2012!

Many many pictures from the North American kyudo seminar can be seen here!

Kuritachi Sharei

Here is a snippet of a relatively new sharei called kuritachi sharei.  Those of you who know Kubota sensei will recognize him sitting in a chair watching toward the end of the video.

AKR 2012 Photostream!

Mr. Wilton Jap took a LARGE number of pictures at the 2012 kyudo seminar.  Here is a link to the photostream:

Testing in Japan? Here are the new forms...

Both forms are downloadable from the IKYF Japanese web page but for those of you who don't read Japanese here is the form for testing from Shodan thru Godan:

For those testing for renshi and above here is the form:

Good Luck!!!
The seminar of the America's is over!  Congratulations to everyone who helped make it a successful seminar!  This year's seminar was quickly moved from its original location to UC Davis when the original location, at the last minute, decided not to let us rent their gym for a week.  The NCKF really scrambled to find a location.  Setting up and running a seminar so far from home is hard work.  Nice to see that everything went well.

This week is the seminar of the America's at the University Of California At Davis!  Good luck to all the participants and congratulations to the hosting federation (Northern California) who managed to find and construct a three shajo dojo on the campus!
Yoshiko has just returned from her seminars in Brazil and Argentina.  Here are nice pictures of the seminar in Brazil:


For those seeking true zen archery in their kyudo practice this blog is very helpful.  Especially in its translations of Japanese to English:

IKYF 2012 events from the Kyudo Magazine

From the May 2012 edition of the Kyudo magazine page 26:
International Kyudo New Information
IKYF agenda for fiscal year 2012 introduces four large events:
1)      EKF seminar, Paris, July 15 to July 23.  Including a prerehearsal for the IKYF taikai in 2014.
2)      American Kyudo Seminar 2012, Aug 13 thru Aug 16 with test on Aug. 17.
3)      Special overseas students seminar.  Tokyo, Oct 30 thru Nov 2nd.  (Details to be informed later).
4)      Special overseas students seminar, Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, Feb. 5 thru Feb 8.
5)      Commemorating 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Japan.
Related events are given by the Nihon Budokan and the Japan Budo Association.
Nov 1 to Nov 5 in India.  New Deli. In the Gandhi stadium.  The Budo seminar will be arranged during the event.

Two Reports from the NorCal/SoCal Joint Training seminar.

Godo Geiko - Hosted by SCKR (SoCal)

The Spring Godo Geiko was hosted by the SoCal group and held at Fullerton Union High School gym, Fullerton, CA the weekend of May 14-15, 2012. There were 39 people attending the event, including 14 from the NCKF. We were split into two groups by rank (mudan-nidan and sandan-up). Yoshiko sensei was chief instructor, and taught the senior group, with assistance from Junko san. Steve sensei taught the junior group, with assistance from Owaki san. After the opening 2-arrow shooting, we divided into the two groups for training. At the end of the first day, we practiced tournament timing and held a tournament (no teams, just individuals). Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each of the junior and senior group.

During the training, the junior group focused on taihai, shooting technique, and shitsu recovery. The senior group received excellent preparation for the US seminar by Yoshiko sensei's instruction on the basics -- assemble quickly, take care to look proper when wearing a kimono, always wear zori (not western shoes) when in kimono attire, follow the lead of the instructor (if he or she is in seiza, the students should be in seiza). We also were cautioned to be prepared to do shitsu recovery quickly, and plan to have people ready to assist with re-stringing the bow, returning the bow, and attending to dropped arrows. We also experienced gensoku timing in mochimato sharei, which was a good experience in stamina training.

The SoCal folks with strong bows (20-24kg) helped us with a test of the azuchi and double-net to be used at the 2012 AKR seminar. The test helped us finalize the decision to borrow the SoCal styrofoam azuchi, as it is free standing and will make the best use of the limited space we have at UC Davis. We will cover the face with a layer of black ethafoam so the azuchi appearance will be much improved. Steve sensei, Miho san, and Eric Ruth all helped by transporting azuchi pieces, a 50-foot net, a 3-shajo maku and other essential components that we will borrow from the SoCal group. Jon will bring up the remaining azuchi pieces in June.

Also in planning for the 2012 AKR seminar, a sensei care committee has been assembled, comprising Japanese speaking women of the NCKF and SCaKR groups. Theis group met during the Godo Geiko to make plans for the upcoming 2012 AKR seminar.

Respectfully submitted,

Maria Peterson
NCKF President

Spring Godo Gieko May 14-15, 2012: From a Junior NCKF Member Perspective

As a junior member of the NCKF, attending the spring Godo Gieko (hosted by the SoCal group in Fullerton, CA) was truly an educational and memorable experience. The Godo Gieko consisted of a tournament and several learning sessions. Steve sensei, with the help of Owaki-san, took on the primary role of instructing the junior students. Steven sensei patiently described and demonstrated the fundamentals for proper taihai, shooting techniques and shitsu (mistake) recovery.

For taihai, we were taught the correct way to walk, sit, stand, turn and bow. Special emphasis was placed on proper breathing, posture and centering of our movements. In terms of shooting techniques, Steve-sensei focused on the importance of forming a proper tenouchi (arrangement of the left hand grip of the bow). While we were shooting, Steve-sensei and Owaki-san gave us one-on-one instructions on how to improve our individual shooting techniques. Finally, for shitsu recovery, Steve-sensei demonstrated and asked us to practice a variety of shitsu possibilities (such as dropping an arrow, bow or breaking a bow string). Steve-sensei reminded us that the three key points to recovering from shitsu are: to always maintain proper taihai, recover quickly and yu (bow) to apologize after shitsu. 

During the two day seminar, we were encouraged to ask many questions. We were not just provided answers, but opportunities to have hands-on experiences that allowed us to comprehend and appreciate each answer. In addition to Steve-sensei's instructions, at the the end of Sunday, we had a "question and answer" session where we could ask any kyudo-related questions to the senior members. With Yoshiko-sensei and Steve-sensei moderating, this interactive session was not only informative, it also provided a fantastic opportunity for the junior students to interact and learn from our senpais regarding the fundamental teachings of kyudo.

The 2012 spring Godo Gieko was a fantastic opportunity for a junior NCKF member to learn, improve and be a part of this growing kyudo community in California.

Respectfully submitted,
Jin Tomshine

Web Page of the IKYF

The International Kyudo Federation does have a web page.  Here is the address:

Test questions from mushitei to godan

A kyudo blogger recently posted questions from the Kyudo magazine on his web page which I have linked to in another blog post.  Here Yoshiko sensei has entered some additional information on some questions.  Note that page numbers from the English kyohon (E-) and the Japanese kyohon (J-) have been added to some questions.

Posted on March 28, 2012

The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as, “The shooting form, the shooting technique, and the method of formal movement should be suitable for the level, with evidence of refinement in the shooting. In particular, progress should be shown over previous levels.” So here, in comparison to all that has come before, the judgement is more subjective, and essentially you’ve reached the 5-dan level when you shoot like someone at the 5-dan level. People testing for this likely know what that means but the questions may still be of interest to all. Some of these are a bit hard to understand because they refer to specific statements in the Kyudo Kyohon.
  • 2011
    • (Trying to get these)
  • 2010
    • 基本の三つの姿勢と八つの動作について列記して下さい
      List the three fundamental postures and the eight fundamental movements
    • Note that there are four basic postures in the kyohon. E-29  J- 61 
    • 基本動作の留意点を八つ列記し、間について書いて下さい
      List the eight key points to pay attention to during the fundamental movements, then write about ma
    • E-29 J-62
    • 離れについて書いて下さい
      Explain about hanare
    • 弓道の最高目標について書いて下さい
      Describe the highest goals of Kyudo
    • Kyohon says “supreme goal of Kyudo”
    • 五段の審査基準を書いて下さい
      What is the judging standard for the 5-dan shinsa?
    • E-126
  • 2009
    • 基本体形について書きなさい
      Explain what is meant by the basic body form
    • Kyohon says “Basic Body Form”
    • 基本動作の留意点を列記し、胴造りの重要性を書きなさい
      List the key points of attention for the fundamental movements, then write about the importance of dozukuri
    • E-30
    • 弓の抵抗力について書きなさい
      Describe the power of the resistance of the bow
    • Kyohon says “Resistance power of the bow” E-56
    • 射礼拝観の意義について書きなさい
      Describe the significance of sharei haikan
    • Sharei haikan – Significance of observation study of sharei.
    • 弦調べについて書きなさい
      Explain tsuru shirabe

Posted on March 28, 2012
The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as, “In addition to having the elements of the previous level, there should be correct breathing and the release should be sharp. Consistency should be reached in hitting the target.” That last sentence points to the rule of thumb often heard, that for 4-dan you should hit the target with both arrows, though from what I have seen it isn’t a strict a requirement. The other visible aspect of 4-dan is that it’s done wearing wafuku, kimono, so it introduces the whole matter of dealing with the left sleeve (men) or tying back both sleeves with the tasuki (women). These factors can be a bit of a distraction! The questions run deeper, too:
  • 2011
    • 息合い・目づかいについて述べなさい
      Explain nobiai and mezukai.
    • Japanese says explain ikiai and mezukai
    • 基本動作の注意点を述べなさい
      Discuss the important points of the kihon dosa.
    • E – 28 thru 31  J - 57
    • 「射は正しきを己に求む」とはどういう事か述べなさい
      Explain the meaning of sha ha tadashiki wo onore ni motomu (“Proper shooting must be sought within oneself”)
    • Kyohon says “In the shooting one must search for rightness in oneself”
    • Raiki shagi E-24
    • 射法射技の基本について述べなさい
      What are the essentials of shooting technique?
    • Kyohon says “Fundamentals of shooting principle and shooting skill” E-56
    • 基本の姿勢と動作について述べなさい
      Explain the kihon shisei and kihon dosa.
  • 2010
    • 射法射技の基本を五つ書いて下さい。
      What are the five fundamentals of shooting technique?
    • Kyohon says “Fundamentals of Shooting Principle and shooting skill (shaho-shagi no kihon”
    • 息合いについて書いて下さい。
      Discuss ikiai, the harmony of breathing.
    • Note writer says discuss but another translation is “explain”.
    • 会における伸合いについて書いて下さい。
      Discuss nobiai in kai.
    • 射即人生の意味を書いて下さい。
      Explain the expression shasoku jinsei (“Shooting is Life”)
    • 四段の審査基準を書いて下さい。
      What is the standard used to judge the 4-dan shinsa?
    • E-126
  • 2009
    • 息合いについt書きなさい
      Discuss ikiai, the harmony of breathing.
    • 揖の心得とその動作について書きなさい
      Explain the procedures and mechanics of
    • Explain the right mindset to perform yu and describe the movements.
    • 射即人生の意味を簡単に書きなさい
      Write a simple explanation of the expression shasoku jinsei(“Shooting is Life”)
    • 射法射技の基本を五つ書きなさい
      What are the five fundamentals of shooting technique?
    • The kyohon says Fundamentals of Shooring Principle and Shooting skill (Shaho-shagi no kihon) E-56
    • 会の構成について書きなさい
      Explain the construction of kai.
    • Explain the structure of kai.
Posted on March 28, 2012
The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as, “The shooting form is better established and the formal movement (taihai) is more stable. The breathing is ordered and the method of using shooting technique is correctly obeyed. The arrow should fly straight, and there should be more consistency in hitting the target.” So here it seems like a person has reached the point where the movements have become more smooth and refined. Consistency is rumoured to mean that at least one arrow should hit.
  • 2011
    • 「基本の動作」を列記し本座での「座り方」を述べなさい
      List the fundamental movements and describe the way of sitting down at the honza
    • 残身(心)について述べなさい
      Explain zanshin
    • 弓道の最高目標について述べなさい
      Explain the highest goals of Kyudo
    • Kyohon says “supreme goal”.
    • 日常生活が射に及ぼす影響を述べよ
      Describe the way in which everyday life affects shooting
    • 五重十文字について述べよ
      Explain the gojū jūmonji
    • Write about the gojujumonji
  • 2010
    • 五重十文字に書いて下さい
      Describe the gojū jūmonji
    • Explain the goju jumonji
    • 縦横十文字について書いて下さい
      Explain the tateyoko jūmonji
    • 基本動作の中の歩き方について書いて下さい
      From among the fundamental movements write about walking
    • 失(弦切れ)の心得を書いて下さい
      Explain the rules for handling an error (shitsu) such as a broken bowstring
    • 参段の審査基準について書いて下さい
      What are the judging standards for the 3-dan shinsa?
    • E-126
  • 2009
    • 五重十文字に書きなさい
      Describe the gojū jūmonji
    • 縦横十文字について書きなさい
      Explain the tateyoko jūmonji
    • 失のときの心得を書きなさい(弦が切れた場合)
      Explain the rules when handling an error (shitsu), in this case a broken bowstring
    • 基本動作の中の歩き方について述べなさい
      From among the fundamental movements write about walking
    • 会における伸合いについて書きなさい
      Explain nobiai in kai
Posted on March 28, 2012
The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as, “Both the shooting form and formal movement (taihai) should have good arrangement with evidence of spiritual energy in the technique. There should be less uncertainty in the placing of the arrows.” So here we start getting past the mechanical aspects. “Less uncertainty” means that the arrows are now grouping well even if they aren’t hitting the target, and better than was expected at shodan level.
  • 2011
    • 弓道修練が日常生活にどんあように生きていますか
      How does your Kyudo practice manifest in your everyday life?
    • 離れについて述べなさい
      Explain hanare
    • 弓道の良い点を友達にどのように説明するか述べなさい
      What would you say if you were to explain the positive points of Kyudo to a friend?
    • 基本の姿勢について述べなさい
      Explain the fundamental postures
    • 失をしたときの心得について述べなさい
      Describe the procedure for handling an error (shitsu)
  • 2010
    • 三重十文字について書いて下さい
      Explain the sanjū jūmonji
    • 大三について書いて下さい
      Explain daisan
    • 基本の姿勢を列記し、立った姿勢について書いて下さい
      List the fundamental postures and write about the standing posture.
    • 八つの基本の動作を列記して下さい
      List the eight fundamental movements
    • 弐段の審査基準について書いて下さい
      What are the judging standards used for 2-dan?
  • 2009
    • 射法八節を列記し、弓構えの要点を書きなさい
      List the shaho hassetsu and explain the important points of yugamae
    • 三重十文字について書きなさい
      Explain the sanjū jūmonji
    • 引き分けの留意点を述べなさい
      Describe the points requiring special attention in hikiwake
    • 大三について書きなさい
      Explain daisan
    • 基本の動作を八つ書きなさい
      Write eight fundamental movements
    • Write about the eight fundamental movements
Posted on March 28, 2012
The Kyudo Kyohon describes this level as “The shape of the shooting and formal movement (taihai) should be suitable for the level of shooting. There should not be disarray in the placing of the arrows.” That’s pretty vague, but you have to take it in the context of the preceding five kyu levels. “No disarray” means that the arrows should hit in more or less the same area, whether that happens to be in the target or not.
    • 2011
      • あなたが弓道を学ぶ目的はなんですか
        Describe your goal for learning Kyudo.
      • 弓道を始めた動機(きっかけ)について述べなさい
        Describe your motivation for beginning Kyudo
      • あなたは弓道をどのような気持ちで学んでいますか
        What sort of feeling do you have when learning kyudo?
      • 「射法八節」の動作を順に書き、「胴造り」について述べなさい
        Write the shaho hassetsu in order, then explain about dozukuri
    • 2010
      • 弓道の修練を通じてどんなことを得ましたか
        What have you gained from your Kyudo training?
      • 弓道場に入るときに心がけていることを書いて下さい
        Explain what you try to keep in mind when entering the dojo
      • 射法八節を列記し、胴造りについて書いて下さい
        List the shaho hassetsu and explain dozukuri
      • 五胴について述べて下さい
        Describe the godō
      • E- 62  J-109
      • 次の用語にカナをふり、その意味を書いて下さい:甲矢、矢束、揖
        Write the pronunciation of the following Kyudo terms and explain their meaning: haya, yazuka,
    • 2009
      • あなたは、どんな心構えで弓を練習していますか簡単に書いて下さい
        Explain in a simple way your frame of mind during practice
      • 射法八節を列記し胴造りの要点を書きなさい
        List the shaho hassetsu and explain the important points of dozukuri
      • 五胴について述べなさい
        Describe the godō
      • 練習などで道場に入る時に心がけていることを書いて下さい
        Explain what you try to keep in mind when entering the dojo for practice, etc
      • つぎの用語にカナをふり、その意味を書きなさい:蹲踞、矢束、道宝
        Write the pronunciation for each of the following Kyudo terms and explain their meaning: sonkyo, yazuka, dōhō
Posted on March 28, 2012
This level includes complete beginners taking their first shinsa as well as mostly younger students who are working their way through they kyu levels. The rumour is that students tended to be given the kyu levels while adults (if they pass) are normally given shodan, but there has been some push back about that since some students (often with years of experience) will naturally have better shooting form than some beginning adults, and shodan should mean something. You can find the criteria for each of the levels at the back of the Kyudo Kyohon.
As for the questions, normally at our shinsa there is a menu of five and the examiners choose two from those five for all of the candidates then answer. Nobody knows which two it will be until the last minute. In Japanese the answers are usually about 200 characters, so 3-4 lines. English is usually twice as verbose, so figure about a paragraph? I’m not sure. Obviously some, where you’re just listing things, will only be as long as the list.
  • 2011
    • (Trying to get these)
  • 2010
    • 弓道を始めた動機を書いて下さい
      What was your motivation for beginning Kyudo practice?
    • 弓道についてどうのような感想を持ちましたか
      What kind of impressions did you have of Kyudo?
    • 射法八節を列記して下さい
      List the shaho hassetsu.
    • 執弓の姿勢について書いて下さい
      Write about toriyumi no shisei
    • E-48  J-88
    • 足踏みの要点を書いて下さい
      Write the important points of ashibumi
  • 2009
    • 弓道を始めた動機とその後の感想を書いて下さい
      What was your motivation for beginning Kyudo practice and what are your impressions now?
    • 射法八節を列記しなさい
      List the shaho hassetsu
    • 足踏みの要点を簡単に書きなさい
      Write a simple explanation of the important points of ashibumi.
    • 執弓の姿勢について書きなさい
      Write about toriyumi no shisei
    • 射法八節を列記し打ち越しについて簡単に書きなさい
      List the shaho hassetsu and write a simple explanation of the important points of uchiokoshi.