AKR Update 2015, September edition.

From the AKR:

1) The MNKR 
the 2016 Seminar Committee

They are going to have their first meeting by using Google Hangouts. Thank you committee members and we will be informed as the seminar preparation progresses.

2) The 2015 Andrew West Memorial Award was given to Erika Alejandra Castillo Licea from Mexico.   

It was created and has been sent to <delete> sensei. He is willing to bring it to Mexico and present it on behalf of the AKR, which is appreciated. Also I appreciate that <deleted> (NCKF) helped to create this plaque.

3)  <deleted>

4)  2015 Seminar T-Shirts!! 

Thank you very much for your support. My apology for giving two deadline dates (25th and 30th) for the additional order. The Additional order was not placed due to the insufficient quantity to fill the minimum order to keep the price ($15). It is appreciated that <deleted> (NCKF) worked for this 2015 fundraising effort.

 5)  Creating an AKR annual tournament:  

This topic was unfortunately missed from the AKR Board meeting agenda. However the result of the taikai has been recorded and this record will be helpful when we need to select US team members for the 2018 IKYF Taikai in Japan.  

There is a proposal from the AKR office for a national kyudo tournament. <deleted> sensei has updated his idea to begin discussion for all of you: Since there has not been any response from my e-mail, I have drafted some quick ideas. I will come up with more ideas with my assistant.

 AKR Taikai (Competition and Recording) Plan. Drafted on 12/28/14 by <deleted>
 The committee will provide an Excel sheet for keeping records and competition rules. Events should occur twice a year such as: (Spring and Fall) or (Spring and AKR seminar Taikai).
  Rules:       8 arrows competitions.
                   No practice before competition except for makiwara.
                   Observers will record the results and archers will verify and sign. 
                   Rules will be based on AKR competition requirements  
The committee will recommend US team members for international events, based on the records from the competition
I would like to ask you to pay attention to the idea and bring up your thoughts. Please contact <deleted> sensei and share your ideas. Your participation in the project will provide you with a different type of training and this chance is very much welcomed and appreciated.

6) Creating a translation committee group 

SHAHOKUN, the first half of the Shahokun was translated by Earl Hartman sensei (NCKF) and contributed to the AKR members and the affiliated friends. The Shahokun that we see in the Kyudo manual is partial. You will find a quite profound message in the writing. Hartman sensei’s work is greatly appreciated and I hope you will enjoy reading it to help your training.

From the IKYF:

1) Nagoya Special Shogo seminar.  

The information has been distributed together with the Nagoya Chuo shinsa. Those two events have a different dead line. Please pay attention to the individual dates.

2) 2015 Overseas Special Shogo seminar in Tokyo will take place at the Chuodojo from 10/27 – 30. 

There will be four attendees from the AKR this time; <deleted>.

From the EKF:

O’Brien Sensei’s funeral took place at 4 pm on Friday the 11th September at the following crematorium. I hope he rests in peace.

1) The Condolence Flowers were sent to the O’Brien sensei’s funeral. 

His funeral was given this Card Message: Our thoughts are with you today. We will treasure our memories of Liam O'Brien sensei. From the members of the American Kyudo Renmei.The address was: Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Rd. Richmond TW9 4EN

From the Affiliates:

1) The report on the joint seminar of Kyudo-Kai Chile and Kyudokai Asuncion.

It has been a while since the seminar took place. Both members of both countries may be feeling a slightly warmer air at the end of winter and I hope they are practicing regularly. I was fortunate that Okabe Koji (5th dan, Argentina) travelled to Santiago to assist me. I am very grateful for his help.


I will not report the given instruction in detail. I am very grateful to Mr. Yanai (2nd dan, Brasil) who began helping both Chile and Paraguay. I believe he did his best and so did I. In order to help them to improve their quality and skill of kyudo the Senpai countries like the US should keep providing them our experience, knowledge, skill and spirits.


In closing I would like to inform you of some future activities that Okabe san is planning. He will have a seminar in Paraguay this month and in Chile next month. He is planning a seminar inviting a higher rank instructor from Japan in May 2016. I will be in Brasil in March 2016. I will talk with <deleted> san during the Special Seminar in this month in Tokyo and request them to consider an IKYF official seminar in South America. I have heard that <deleted> sensei encouraged the Mexico group to host such a seminar and I believe it is the time for them to deserve such an official seminar.


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