AKR Update 2015, October/November edition

AKR Update Oct. /Nov., 2015

Dear AKR Members and Friends,  

Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
I hope you had a good thanksgiving weekend with your family and friends.    This double-edition updates some new articles that I would like to share with you.  Some news like ID renewal and seminar applications need your attention.  You will enjoy the five different seminar very informative reports also.  I would like to thank to the contributors of the reports.   The AKR website has been renewed.  I also would like to thank Haitham Shammaa, the web editor for his contribution.

Everyone is getting busy during holiday season, so stay healthy and enjoy the rest of 2015.

Yoshiko Buchanan, AKR President


From the AKR:
1)  2015 AKR Board Meeting Action Item: Status of Foreign Groups has been proposed to the AKR Board for disccussion.  The contents have been distributed to all the AKR Board members by the AKR secretary.  Please give some time to the proposal and send your decision.

2)  2015 IKYF Seminar and Exam Report 

3)  Report on the 2015 Tokyo Shogo seminar:        Earl Hartman sensei has kindly written his report on the 2015 Toyo Special Seminar.  <deleted>

4)  2015 AKR Roster:  It is time to update the AKR roster.  The info and the details of he procedure have been notified by the AKR secretary.  Please read the note carefully and submit the roster + dues payment in time.  You are requested to send the IKYF ID renewal fees ($9 per pserson) together with the AKR dues.   Note:  This AKR Roster update is co-managed with the IKYF ID renewal, so please pay extra attention to submit those different applications.

5)  2016  IKYF/AKR seminar update:
The MNKR has been awaiting for important info about the 2016 IKYF seminar articipation fee from the IKYF office.  They will provide the info info as soon as they are notified.  However the Committee has decided to offer a three day regular seminar + Enteki (long distance shooting) practice.   

 6)  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. 


7)  Creating a translation committee group
Volunteer wanted!  The committee should be able to plan to ask those volunteers to contribute their translation skill and post some articles from the Kyudo Magazine in the future.   It will help to make the AKR website more informative and useful.  If you are interested in translating articles please contact Yoshiko Buchanan at <deleted> 
According to the ANKF officials they will permit us to work on the articles of the Kyudo Magazine.  Due to the copyright of each article we are not allowed to create complete translations of the articles but “Summary of articles” is allowed.   How we summarize is the question but there are many capable AKR bilingual members who are willing or interested in translating and contributing their work to the AKR.  If that works it would be very helpful to the AKR members to deepen their study. 

From the ANKF:

1)  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.
(Not posted yet as of Nov. 30, 2015 due to a technical problem)

From the IKYF:

1)  Meeting with the IKYF officials:  During the Tokyo seminar I had a brief meeting with both Miike san and Harada san.  The main subject was about having possible seminars in South America.  Since 2008 Argentina, Brasil and Mexico have been developing the ANKF kyudo and they are getting ready to be an IKYF recognized member (federation).  In order to be one of the steps toward their INDEPENDENCE they should be taught by the IKYF seminar at least once.  Those who can come to the IKYF/AKR seminar are financially limited.  In order to teach larger numbers of students in Mexico, Central and South American countries providing seminars in their region or country is necessary.  I have asked those officials to pay more attention to Americas and provide IKYF official seminars. 
The other topics were: seminar cost, making the IKYF pins available for the IKYF members (it would be nicer to have an IKYF pin instead of the ANKF pin to wear.), requesting Enteki instruction during the 2016 seminar in MN, paying the 2015 IKF dues (30,000 JY), 

2)   Nagoya Special Shogo seminar. Closed.   No participants to this seminar from the AKR.

3)  5th Asia-Oceania Semina (Nagoya):  The seminar + the Shinsa  info. and the Excel sheet seminar application have been distributed to the AKR federations and the affiliates.
Jan 25, 2016 - deadline for Shinsa applications for the 2016 Asia-Oceanic Seminar/ Special provisional Chuo Shinsa to be received by the AKR President (Yoshiko Buchanan, 1169 Minnesota Ave., #5, San Jose CA, USA, <deleted>).
Jan 27, 2016 - deadline for Seminar applications (Excel sheet) for the 2016 Asia-Oceania Seminar (email Excel application to <deleted>)

4)  2016 IKYF ID Renewal:  The renewal fee is $9 for this year due to the exchange rate.
Please follow the instructions from <deleted>.

From the EKF:

The late Liam O'Brien Sensei was posthumously promoted to 8th dan and such a rank was awarded at this seminar.  The students from UK had the honor of receiving the certificate for O’Brien sensei.  He was missed dearly by all the participants.

From the Affiliates:

1)  Chile / Paraguay seminars by Koki Okabe (5th dan, Kyudokai Buenos Aires)
Okabe san conducted a seminar in Santiago, Chile in October and Asuncion, Paraguay in Nov. 
In spite of his inconvenience of using crutches for a broken leg Okabe san managed conducting those two seminars, for which I am very grateful for his making such efforts to help those new members in the Kyudo community.
a)  Chile Seminar:  It took place in Santiago from Oct. 16 to 18, 2015.   The numbers of the attendees varied according to their work hour. 
Their Shomen alter was the national flag of Chile and how to bow to Shomen was instructed first.  Instruction mainly focused on details of “Toriyumi no shisei” then how to move with the Toriyumi no shisei.

The five person sequence movement, from Honza to shai and Hirakiashi was instructed.  It will take time until they get familiar with those movement and flow.  As they regularly practice they will get better, I believe.  Two days were spent for first half of “Gonindachi Shinsa Keishiki”.

Sunday, we moved to a small private kyudo studio and continued the the oher ½ of Gonindachi shinsa Keishiki; Uchiokoshi through Zanshin.  <deleted>
Koji Okabe

b)         Kyudokai Asuncion seminar took place from the 21st to 22nd of Nov, 2015. 
 It was quite humid and a constant water supply was necessary for all the participants.  
The dojo/shajo was kept fairly clean and sojo construction was well cooperated and it well provided dojo atmosphere.
Day one,  21st:  The group is still new, which had 5 people who can shoot at Matomae and 5 Gomuyumi people.  They focused on “Kihon Dosa”;  Ikiai, Mezukai, walking, sitting, turning while waking and Hirakiashi were practiced.  Entering and exiting were also practiced in the sequence of five.  The practice was not sufficient but they have to move on, step by step.

In the afternoon “Nakajikake making was instructed.  We moved to a Matomae Shajo which is a soccer field covered with the roof.  Creating two groups, Gomuyumi group and Matomae group, entering shajo was continuously practiced.  Mezukai seemed to be difficult.
Matomae shajo size is different from that of Makaiwra shajo.  Adjusting (Ba no Shoaku)seemed to be difficult.  Also the carpeted floor makes movement even more difficult. 

Day two, 22nd:  It was very hot like mid-summer but the members said it was rather cool.  They reviewed the Basics.  Kiza is hard for everyone and their postures looked tilted to the right most of the time.  How to “Ikasu” needs to be properly taught.   How to change “Nigiriawa” was demonstrated and they were told that the importance of making personally right fitting Nigiri.

Shooting technique was instructed along the Gonindachi sequence practice.  Timing was repeatedly instructed.  Douzukuri, Sanju Jumonji, Tatesen and Enso at Yugamae were instructed.  Daisan was not formed correctly.  Just like Taihai practice the basic shooting technique (Hassetsu from the Kyohon) was repeatedly instructed.   

Q & A time was provided.  They wanted understand the organizational relationship between the IKYF and the AKR and how and when to get recognition by the IKYF is a big topic among them.  They already have a plan for another seminar in Feb and also motivated to attend a seminar in Brasil in March.   (These reports were summarized and translated by Yoshiko Buchanan.)

2)  Mexico Seminar report by Owaki sensei (renshi th dan, SoCKR).
 This is full report from his email.  You will see a good development of kyudo in Mexico.  The interesting development is that Kyudokai Mexico is planning to form a federation (list #3) and a kind of national seminar that will be led by Japanese teachers (list#4).   #4 seems to correspond to a part of my report on the meeting with the IKYF officials (see from the IKYF).  I hope this seminar will make the first seminar in Mexico, Central and South America.  

I had to work through Friday in Monterey. I spent last weekend in Teotihuacan to join the Kyudo Groups. As you recommended, we mainly practiced Kiza and Taihai in the small room with Makiwara. Here is the things we did in 2 days;

November 28 (Saturday) 9 AM to 5:30 PM - Makiwara Practice:
1. Review Kyohon in Spanish - Practice Kihontai (Seiza and Kiza).
2. Review Kyohon in Spanish and Japanese - Practice Tenouchi.
November 29 (Sunday) 9 AM to 3:30 PM:
1. Review Kyohon in Japanese - Practice Kiza and Sonkyo.
2. Review Kyohon in Spanish and Japanese - Practice Hassetsu (Japanese Kyohon - important lines are drawn in RED).
3. Shooting Practice (28 M) outside - shooting with no targets for concentrating the vertical line of the body - Sanjujumonji.
I think most of them had big pain at their foot.


We had almost 20 students including a couple students practicing with Gomuyumi. Ali san did not come this time. I spoke with Unemura san before the seminar. He said he is recovering from the illness and he is getting better day by day. He said he was going to come to see us in February. I think we may have bigger group when you come to Mexico next year
Regards,    Masa Owaki

End of October/November edition


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