AKR Update, February 2015 edition

1) Matomae Practice:


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 


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


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:


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. 

5) AKR website lead editor wanted!!

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.


From the IKYF:


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.


       Aaron Blackwell
South Carolina Kyudo Renmei


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