Kyudo Assembly with Kanjuro Shibata XXI at Karme Choling, Vermont, June 17 - 21, 2015

via Grace DiNapoli on Facebook
Seiko Kyudojo announces with great pleasure the first Kyudo Assembly with Kanjuro Shibata XXI at Karme Choling.
Here is a special opportunity to meet Sensei and join together in a retreat setting for an extended period of group practice and fellowship. All past and present Kyudo practitioners are warmly invited to experience and add to the renewed energy of the freshly uplifted Azuchi.

Mark your calendar and plan to enjoy the Summer Solstice in the beautiful hills of Vermont. All levels of practitioners are welcome. 

Wednesday through Sunday, June 17 - 21, 2015

Registration opens soon. Please check back to the program calendar at Karme Choling’s website Participants may register for a single day or multiple days of attendance. 

"Through Kyudo one can learn to live beyond hope and fear, how to be." – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

AKR Update, October 2014 edition

IKYF ID Renewal

Remember to send out your request for IKYF renewal.

The IKYF is requesting that IKYF members renew our IDs. This is based on a decision that was made at the IKYF General Assembly Meeting in Paris in July, 2014.
I would like to know if you want to renew your ID or not. Please read the attached IKYF info (pdf) that will help you to make your make decision. Pay special attention to the "A to E" categories in the PDF file that is attached to this email.  This renewal is valid from Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2015.

Please note the following reminder for future events that you may be interested in participating in as they will require IKYF membership:
  1. Membership in the AKR is required to obtain an IKYF ID #. New members joining the AKR in 2014 must be recorded as AKR members by the 31st of Dec., 2014 in order to be eligible to obtain an IKYF ID #. But, even if you do not renew your IKYF ID you can still be an NCKF/AKR member. IKYF membership is optional.
  2. Those AKR members who plan to take a shinsa in Japan MUST have an IKYF ID #.
  3. Those AKR members who plan to attend the 2015 AKR/IKYF kyudo seminar in South Carolina MUST have an IKYF ID #. (Basically, you have to have a valid ID to attend any official event or test.)
Yoshiko Sensei and <deleted> will work on this renewal. Please choose one of A, B,C,D,E as your decision and then email Yoshiko Sensei and <deleted> about your decision by November 15th. 

AKR Update, November 2014 edition

From the AKR:
1)    Reports on the  IKYF  Seminar in Paris:  <deleted>

2)    There is a proposal from the AKR office for a national kyudo tournament.  <deleted>

3)    AKR website lead editor wanted!!   <deleted>
4)    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 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.  
5)    The 2014 AKR membership renewal:  It is already time to start thinking about the AKR membership renewal.   The deadline is December 31, 2014.  There were a couple of delays (the last renewal was in  March).  Please make sure to complete your renewal and the payment of the dues in time.   Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and I thank you in advance.
 From the ANKF: (excerpts from the Kyudo Magazine, Sept.edition)
3)    How to overcome "Hayake" by the late Morikawa sensei: <deleted>(NCKFhas volunteered to translate this article for us.  It will take time since this is 6 page instruction.  I hope you will enjoy the article once it is translated.  He will probably divide the article in to 2 to 3 parts.
The Kyudo magazine is re-introducing old articles every month that are useful for our kyudo study.  The Sept. edition is carrying an instructional article that was written by the late Morikawa Masaru (hanshi kyudan).  He is writing about his experience of his Hayake and how he overcame it.  Also he is kindly advising how not to become Hayake and recovery training if you do become Hayake.  It is a very good article and I am hoping to have it translated into English.  
From the IKYF:
1)    Report on the meeting with Mr. Miike/IKYF   Please see the attached file.
3)    Report on the Special International Seminars Tokyo:  <deleted>
4)    ID renewal:  It is on going.  As of 11/24 the ID renewal is almost done.  I would like to thank <deleted> sensei for collecting the lists from the federations and arranging them for sending to the IKYF.  Please submit your renewal in time.   There will be some more AKR new members in 2015.  Those new members who wish to attend seminars in 2015 can obtain their ID when they apply for the events.  Details of ID application in 2015 for new members will be guided by the IKYF office accordingly (confirmed 11/24).
5)    UPCOMING IKYF SEMINARS in 2015:   Special Shogo seminar in Feb., 2015,  Asia-Oceania Kyudo Seminar in April, 2105 and IKYF/EKF seminar in July/2015,  IKYF/AKR seminar in July, 2015 (tentative)
From the  Affiliates:
1)    seminars in the affiliated countries:
Paraguay and Brasilia seminar report <deleted>

Following the Buenos Aires Seminar the Brasil Kyudo Kai offered and instructed another seminar in Paraguay and Brasilia, report from <deleted>.
<deleted> (renshi godan/SoCKR) conducted and instructed a seminar in Mexico during the weekend of the 15th.   He has been residing in Mexico for his business for some time  and has begun helping some kyudo friends in Mexico.  <deleted>
2)   Kyudokai Panama will have their first\kyudo seminar on Jan., 2015.   Mie Takahashi sensei (KAC) is invited as the instructor.

"Tenouchi and Expiration Date" from the December 2014 Kyudo magazine, translated by Mr. Howard Houng

Good evening folks.

After a hectic schedule these past couple of weeks and getting really sick, I finally have some down time to post the new Kyudo poem from the Dec. issue of the Kyudo Magazine. 

"Tenouchi and Expiration Date"

U (or Garancho) no kubi ya kouyou kasane no tenouchi wa, shoshin no hito ni oshie e isase yo*. (Yamato)
Tenouchi like the neck of a cormorant or autumn leaves piling up, this is what you teach beginners how to shoot." 

*My apologizes in advance, I can't be certain that the pronunciations of certain kanji are correct. 

Iijima-sensei's comments:
A long time ago, not much thought was given. There was no concept of an "expiration date", phrases like the tenouchi should be like "the neck of a cormorant" or "autumn leaves piling up" weren't taught. We were told to grip the yumi and just shoot; a fairly reckless way of teaching.
It is important that teach proper tenouchi from the beginning. There is a phrase "3 year tenouchi" which does not mean that a tenouchi takes 3 years to make, but rather if you do not make a proper tenouchi within 3 years, then you will spend a lifetime of hardships. Maybe 3 years is too long, it should be more like 3 months. Before reaching the "expiry date", a (proper tenouchi) should become part of the body, an instructor should feel the anxiety and take the extra effort to look after it.
Okuden wa shoden ni ari.
The passing of secret teachings lies within the initial teachings.

New Year 2015 Kyudo Seminar in Melbourne, Australia

One day seminar with Gregory Stewart (Godan).
Gregory will be in Melbourne from Japan and has *very* kindly offered to instruct in a one day seminar on Wednesday the 7th of January.
Venue will be VU Footscray Budokan, Lev 3.
Time will be 12 midday to 5pm
There will be a Kyudo dinner that night.
This will be the last seminar before Nagoya, so will be a great opportunity to polish up your skills before shinsa.
Please note: This is not a beginners seminar: The seminar is open to all Kyudo jin who are currently practicing Kyudo.