AKR Update for August, 2014.

AKR Update for August 2014

Dear AKR Members,

The AKR office would like to share the following news with you this month. The IKYF event in Paris was successful and is now over and we have a couple of reports from team USA and the participants. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with us.

We are thinking about bringing some topics from the Kyudo Magazine to AKR members. Although we cannot post everything, we think some of the articles in the Magazine can be summarized and introduced to you.

The AKR Update is created for all the registered AKR members. Please share it with your members equally. If you have any questions or suggestions to the AKR Update please let us know.


Yoshiko Buchanan
AKR President

From the AKR:

2014 AKR General Meeting and Election:

The AKR officers from 2014 to 2016 are:
  • Yoshiko Buchanan (NCKF) as president

Corrected translation of the new ANKF tournament timing chart is provided

Please use this updated translation (file attached) for your further practice and tournaments in the future. Thank you, Hartman sensei.

Thank you to the French Kyudo federation

Thank you letter to the French Kyudo federation, on behalf of the AKR, was sent to Mrs. Laurence Oriou sensei, president of the Federation de Kyudo Traditionale.

Creating a translation committee group was suggested to the Translation Committee

From the ANKF: 

(Excerpts from the Kyudo Magazine, August edition)

Illegal feather trade

The first ANKF directors meeting reported about their forming an investigation committee of illegally traded feathers of arrows. We believe that this issue does not directly or indirectly affect us at this point but we need to obtain more accurate information about such concern over feathers. You will be informed as we receive further information.

ANKF financial report

The ANKF financial report for fiscal year 2013 was reported at the same meeting. The ANKF closed their treasury of 2013 with a deficit of $152,000 USD.

ANKF Tournament Rules

Supplemental explanation on the revised new "ANKF Tournament Rules" was posted. There are several useful new or changed points and explanations and those points will be informed as soon as translation is done (Kato sensei is in charge.).

Japan Russia budo Exchange

A seminar that is commemorated with the "Japan Russia budo Exchange" was given in June (two day seminar) prior to the Paris Taikai. The Ruusia Kyudo Federation became an IKYF recognized organization at the IKYF meeting in Paris in July. Kyudo started in Russia about 10 years ago and they have kept sending students to the Asia Oceana Kyudo Seminar in Nagoya as well as to EKF seminars. The Russian Kyudo Federation was formed in 2009.

From the IKYF:

Special International Seminars 

The seminar application forms and the detailed information on both the Special International Seminar in Tokyo and in Nagoya has been sent to each federation. Please refer to the provided info. and make sure of the procedure for applications from within the AKR. Deadline : [Tokyo] September 30th (Tue) and [Nagoya] December 28th, 2014 (Sunday). Those who plan to take the Chuo Shinsa (Rokudan, Kyoshi, Nanadan) that will follow the seminars must send their test application forms to the ANKF office two months in advance of the test days. You can check the test schedule at http://www.ikyf.org/schedule/schedule.html

Photos of the IKYF event in Paris 

I would like to share the following photo albums that were created by Alain Scherer (one of the French federation members). The albums are very well done and I would like to thank him for his kindness.

Dear M. President, 
I'm happy to inform you that the whole reportage about 2nd Kyudo Sekai Taikai Paris and IKYF Seminars is now available on my website.
You can see all pictures with the following links:

If you think that some pictures could be useful for the communication or promotion of your federation or any events, please, feel free to contact me for any further information. 
Best regards, 

Directors Meeting

IKYF directors, Maria Peterson and Yoshiko Buchanan, are scheduled to meet Mr. Miike (IKYF office) during the special International Seminar in Tokyo this October. Possible discussion subjects will be:


Excellent video of the 2014 Kyudo World Cup in Paris!


The Kyudo Seminar in Panama is coming soon!

Announcement of Godan and Shogo being included in the 2014 Tokyo and Nagoya Special International Seminars.

Dear AKR state federation presidents,
I am forwarding the following note from the IKYF.  It is the information on the Overseas Shogo/godan seminars in Tokyo and Nagoya.  As you know godan is included in those two seminars but there will be no renshi test attached with these seminars this time (if there is change you will be notified).  I will send you further info as soon as I receive it. 
Yoshiko Buchanan
----- Original Message -----
From: 国際弓道連盟
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 9:44 PM
Subject: 【Tokyo/Nagoya】Special International Seminar

All representatives of International Kyudo Federation Affiliate countries
Thank you for your cooperation on Kyudo matters.
Please confirm the brief information on [Tokyo/Nagoya] Special International Seminar.
[Tokyo]  : Monday, October 27, 2014 – Thursday, October 30, 2014
[Nagoya] : Monday, February 2, 2015 – Thursday, February 5, 2015
Eligibility : Members of affiliate countries of the IKYF whom have obtained Godan or Shogo.
Participation Fee : 10,300JPY
Deadline : [Tokyo] Friday, October 10
                [Nagoya] Friday, January 9
Implementation guideline and application form (excel file) will be sent later on.
150-0041 JAPAN
TEL 81-3-3481-2387     FAX 81-3-3481-2398

Zen Archery workshop on Maui, Hawaii, August 15 thru 17th, 2014.

From Bodhi Hanna Kistner
A short reminder for Zen Archery. A workshop will happen on Maui, 15-17. August in the jodo Mission in Lahaina. If you need centering.

Relaxation, Breathing and letting go, Zen-Archery is a great tool.


July 2014

Dear All,

The 2014 IKYF Sekai Kyudo Taikai in Paris is now over. I would like to thank the US team , Kevin Lo, Miho Oyasu and Fumiko Takada, for their dedication to represent the AKR. They had a great experience during the event and they will share their valuable study with the AKR members. A few of the event participants have been asked to share their experiences and study with us, too. Such reports will be welcomed by the AKR members.
I would like to express special thanks to Fumiko san for her contribution for attending the IKYF General Assembly Meeting in Paris.
She has provided a report of the meeting. Please see the attached file to find the IKYF GAM (general assembly meeting) discussions and decisions.

AKR Office

From the AKR:
The AKR Board decided and agreed on the following topics during July:

  • New IKYF directors were elected. Maria Peterson sensei and Yoshiko Buchanan will be the IKYF directors for the new term that begins from the 1st of August.
  • The Board agreed on the attendance of Fumiko Takada to the 2014 IKYF General Assembly Meeting that took place on the 17th of July in Paris.
  • The Board agreed on approval of the recognition of the 6 new IKYF member groups (the detail is in the report).
  • The Board agreed on approval of the host country, which is Japan, for the 2018 IKYF Sekai Taikai. (A conference call was held to discuss about selecting the IKYF Directors. <deleted>
The 2014 AKR General Meeting: You will be contacted soon on this matter.  

The document "A guide for taking test in Japan" is now available (see the attached file). It will be posted to the AKR website soon. There are examples of the test application forms. Right now you will see "mushitei", "testing shodan" and "testing sandan". There will be examples of testing godan, renshi and rissha soon. You are requested to keep this document and help your students for taking test in Japan (overseas). If you have questions and suggestions please feel free to ask the AKR office.

From the IKYF:
  • The IKYF GAM report    <deleted>
  • 2018 IKYF Kyudo Sekai Taikai will be held  in Japan.  The host city is TBD.
  • ID renewal fee, 1000 yen per IKYF member ID will be collected in the near future.  (see the report).  The AKR office has to wait for obtaining the official information about when such a fee will be collected.
  • Godan students are included in the Overseas shogo Seminar in Oct. in Tokyo.  The possibility of godan students attending the shogo seminar was mentioned in the GAM report but, since the meeting, it has now been approved.  However, the Renshi test will not be given because the ANKF annual schedule has already been confirmed and fixed.  (this comment is from Mr. Harada, ANKF office manager 7/28/2014)
From the ANKF:
Collection of the Dan-registration fees: The ANKF will collect the Dan-registration fees from the students who passed their exams in Paris. This collection method is applied for the first time in the USA but it has been commonly practiced in Japan. As the AKR is notified of the official test result and the registration fees due, the AKR treasurer will prepay the total to the ANKF then those individuals will be notified to pay their fees to the AKR. The AKR notice will be sent to each state federation president. Once you receive the official information please notify your members to send the amount of their registration fees to the AKR treasurer, <deleted>.
As you will read in the report the ANKF is going to charge a yearly ID renewal fee (1000 yen).  You will be informed of the details as soon as it is decided and notified.
From the Affiliates:
  • Igor Prata won the second place at the 2nd IKYF Kyudo Sekai Taikai (under sandan category)
  • Argentina Kyudo Kyokai will host a seminar in Buenos Aires from Sept. 25 - 27.  Kato Tomio sensei is requested and invited as the instructor as well. 
  • Brasil Kyudo-Kai Rio de Janeiro held another seminar in Porto Alegre in July (25, 26, 27).  According to <deleted> san the group ”Kyudo Kai Gaucho" has established.
  • Owaki sensei instructed a joint practice (20 people attended) in Mexico City.  Many of the students were budo experienced people <deleted>.  Owaki sensei was happy about the students and their sincere attitude to practice.

Outstanding collection of pictures of the 2014 Kyudo World Cup in Paris!