AKR Update 2015, August edition.

From the AKR:

1) The 2015 IKYF/American Kyudo Seminar report.

<deleted> Sensei has been asked to write a brief report but he is out of the country right now. I hope he can contribute his report next month.

The 2015 Andrew West Memorial Award was given to Erika Alejandra Castillo Licea from Mexicio.

2)The 2nd Pan American Kyudo Taikai report: 
A Group winners:(up to sandan) 
  • 1st, Raul Martin Saet, (mudan) Southern California/AKR 4/8 hits
  • 2nd, Manuel Quiroga, (mudan) Chile 
  • 3rd, David Hong (2) Northern California/AKR
  • 4th, Alvin Pun (1) Canada
  • 5th, Michael David Kennedy (3) Canada 
B Group winners: (yondan & above) 
  • 1st, Tomio Kato (ren-6) Georgia/AKR 5/8 hits
  • 2nd, Mie Takahashi (ren-5) Canada 4/8 hits
  • 3rd, Fumiko Takeda (5) Virginia/AKR 4/8 hits
  • 4th, Reiko Blackwell (ren-5) South Carolina/AKR 2/8 hits
  • 5th, John Born (4) Minnesota/AKR 2/8 hits 
Thank you for all participants and volunteers. Tomio kato, Taikai organizer.

Thanks to Kato sensei and all the volunteers the 2nd Pan American Kyudo Taikai was operated in a friendly manner and the attendees looked like they enjoyed the event. It will be nicer if there is some more time that allows for performing both Yawatashi and Nohsha which are ceremonial shooting of events to announce the opening and closing of the taikai. Also I would like to ask organizers in the future to create a better scoring/tallying system that can indicate accurate results in a short time.


3)  New The 2015 AKR Regular Meeting of Board of Directors:  Please see the attached meeting minutes (by <deleted>) 

I would like to thank all the representatives, the AKR officers and all the other participants to the meeting. Special thanks to both <deleted> Sensei for organizing and preparing the meeting agenda and <deleted> to act the Chair.

4 ) New Shinsa report: (Yoshiko Buchanan) 

The technical examination went very smoothly and on time. The operation was rather simple comparing to the exams in the past because the written test had been finished separately prior to the technical exam on the 30th. The results are: shodan 100% (35/35, one absentee), nidan 100% (7/7, one absentee), sandan 53% (9/17), yondan 44% (4/9) and godan 0% ( 0/4).

The written exam was a take home test with questions that had been given in advance. The answer sheets were collected at the seminar registration and distributed to certain senior AKR members to be scored. The written test will be given in this fashion (take home test) from now on and the question list has been distributed to all the federation and affiliated countries already.

It should be posted to the AKR website also. Please share the question list with your members.

5) New Finally we may have one or two volunteers, Great!!  

<deleted> (NCKF) has been approved as the lead editor by the AKR Board at the 2015 meeting. He has contacted <deleted> sensei and begun working on the website. The AKR Board has agreed to eliminate one of the current domains, <deleted>, and to move the contents to the other domain which is “<deleted>”.

6) Creating a translation committee group/report from the 2015 seminar 
Carly sensei and her team worked hard at the seminar to provide the translation of the instruction as accurately as they can. The hardest portion was the “Kihontai” training that required a translation literally from the Kyohon into both English and Spanish. As we experienced the difficulty of translating for the entire class (100 participants of two different languages) and the time loss for the Spanish speaking participants who gathered in the same spot to receive the translation. In this way they could work a little more efficiently. In the future the committee should think ahead and come up with some efficient method of translation. There may be Portuguese added to the 2016 seminar.

From the ANKF:

1) New Fletching issue   

Mr. Harada, ANKF office manager, who accompanied the teachers for the 2015 IKYF/AKR seminar briefly, explained about the “Fletching Issue” and what points overseas students should pay attention to. Making a very complex story short, the guideline from the ANKF is that we cannot use the “Ojirowashi (White tail sea eagles) and “Ohwashi (Sea eagles)” at any ANKF events. “Feathers Certificate of Traceability” is available for those who have natural fletchings. Also, besides the above mentioned strictly protected eagles, owners should use this certificate to list the fletching that they are currently using and to carry the certificates with them when they travel.

The federation presidents, shogos and representatives attended this meeting with Mr Harada. Please ask for more detailed information about this issue from the participants of the meeting. Those who attended this meeting are requested to share the information, which will help to prevent any violations in the future.

The AKR office is planning to post the document (English) from the ANKF to the AKR website.

2) Donation from the Takahashi Kyugu to the AKR.  

As such donation money was introduced in the May edition, the AKR received <deleted> from the ANKF. The AKR Board decided to donate this contribution from Takahashi to the SCKR for their 2015 seminar operation.

3) The Kyohons and the ANKF pins were distributed to the students who ordered.  

The ANKF paid <deleted> to ship such a heavy package and to gave the AKR some discount. The discount amount which is <deleted> will be added to the AKR seminar fund. There is a good demand for kyohon among especially amount the first time seminar attendees and I hope the ANKF will help us in 2016 also.

From the IKYF:

1) 2015 Overseas Special Shogo seminar in Tokyo will take place at the Chuodojo from 10/27 – 30.   

Details have been distributed to all the federations and to the affiliated godans outside of the US. 

“This event is open to kyudo members with the rank of Godan and above. Please send one Excel sheet including applications for all of for your group members who plan to attend to  <deleted> by Sept 21 (this is one week ahead of the IKYF deadline). Please send application fees to AKR Treasurer <deleted> according to his instructions. Sincerely, <deleted>”

From the EKF:
Liam O’Brien Kyoshi 7th dan passed away

Dear Shiseikan Members,

I hate to forward this very sad news to all of you but I truly believe this sadness should be shared with all the kyudo practitioners all over the world. I am in shock and deep sorrow. I am deeply feeling the great loss at the same time. He is quite a distinguished and respected kyudo practitioner and teacher.
I pray for him from bottom of my heart. I saw him in deep grief when he host his wife. He may be happy with his wife now in the other world because he may be reunited with her. He will be dearly missed.
With my prayer and Sincerely,
Yoshiko Buchanan

Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2015 2:05 PM
Subject: Kyudo: passing away of Liam O'Brien, Kyoshi 7th Dan

Dear Presidents and National Representatives of the the ANKF, IKYF and EKF

I have been informed by the United Kingdom's Kyudo Association of the passing away of the former EKF President, UKKA chairman and senior teacher Liam O'Brien Kyoshi 7 dan. The secretary of the association, Ray Dolphin, has asked me to convey the sad news:

"It is with great sadness, that we have to inform you that the United Kingdom’s Kyudo teacher Liam O’Brien Kyoshi 7th dan passed away, on the 28/8/2015.
Although this loss will be felt most acutely by all the members of the United Kingdom Kyudo Association, O’Brien sensei’s influence was far reaching. With unparalleled Japanese dojo experience under the direct guidance of Takeuchi sensei, no one else had that depth of knowledge of Japanese culture and old school Kyudo training.
Would you please inform members of the EKF Shidoiinkai and IKYF member countries leaders of this sad news.
Kind regards,
Ray Dolphin"
As you have been informed already Liam O’Brien sensei (kyushi 7th dan) passed away on the 28th of August. I would like to announce here again this very sad news. The AKR office obtained the place where we and individuals can send our condolences. The following advice is from <deleted>/UKKA and we should follow it. “…if you address the card O'Brien Family c/o Dolphin Sensei at the address on the UKKA website, or to me c/o <deleted>, he or I will make sure it reaches the family.”


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