AKR Update 2016, February edition.

AKR Update Feb. 2016 

Dear AKR Members and Friends, 

It has been very warm in San Jose and spring is almost everywhere and the cherry blossoms have just started to bloom, which is blooming about 20 days earlier than usual.  I hope spring is coming to your area, too, and you feel warmer and easier to practice when you practice outside.


Please share the news in this edition with your members.


Yoshiko Buchanan,  AKR President

From the AKR:

1)         <deleted>

2)         The AKR Board is discussing about buying a liability insurance (accident and D & O) policy.
<deleted> the AKR has realized that that the AKR had been unguarded against any legal liabilities and threats.  Also it is good to have our own liability insurance for accidents.  Bows and arrows are projectile weapons basically.  Even though the study of the way of the bow is to become a gentleman no one can predict accidents <deleted>.   One time an arrow went through the window of the “Kanteki” in Japan and hit a student who was inside the Kanteki and watching the shajo. 
Kyudo is not a combat budo, so it is hard to think the kyudo training breaks our bones but it is possible that we may be hit or we may hit somebody.  The AKR has been fortunate that they have had 19 seminars without any serious accidents.  I believe that buying such a liability insurance can benefit all of the AKR members.

2)  2015 AKR Roster:  Should be done by now!  The final roster has not been announced yet by the AKR secretary.  If you have not sent your roster please cooperate with the AKR secretary and the treasurer to submit.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

<deleted> sensei is working hard to collect the information  from all the AKR federations.  Your cooperation is greaty appreciated and please do not forget to send the dues to the AKR treasuer.
It is time to update the AKR roster.  The info and the details of the 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.
3)  2016  IKYF/AKR seminar update:   visit www.mnkyudo.org and MNKR Facebook 
The AKR has received the official note on the 2016 IKYF/AKR seminar in Minnesota.
Here is the info from the MNKR for you to read.  The seminar/Test information will be updated by the organizer, so please pay attention to both the MNKR web site and the AKR website as well.

I am pleased to invite you all to the 2016 International Kyudo Federation American Seminar.  The 3-day general seminar will take place July 18th - 20th, with a rank examination on July 21st.  We will once again be hosting the seminar at Carleton College in Northfield, MN Please see the attached letter of invitation and official announcements from the IKYF for the details.  All seminar information is also available on our website at: http://www.mnkyudo.org/2016-ikyf-seminar/The cost for this 3-day seminar will be $410.  While the planning committee wanted to keep the fee the same as last year, the IKYF insisted on raising the price to account for some of their costs. 

We are also trying to see if we can arrange for an enteki exhibition event, but it will depend on weather and if we can get the college to let us use the fields behind the Rec Center to do this (so far, so good!). Stay tuned for more info about that!

As more information becomes available, we will be posting update to our website and our MNKR Facebook page.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those from outside the MNKR who volunteered to be on the 2016 Seminar Planning Committee, they have already been tremendously helpful and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the upcoming months.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you in Minnesota this July!
Carly J Born
Minnesota Kyudo Renmei

4)  Creating an AKR annual tournament:  <deleted> sensei and the AKR member have been discussing a possible tournament styles and procedure.  Thank you both of you for taking your time to create a national tournament.  Once the outline of the idea is finalized it should be presented to the AKR Board for approval.   All of the AKR members are welcome to introduce your ideas.  Please contact <deleted> sensei at  <deleted>
We look forward to hear from <deleted>  sensei about the tournament plan(s). 
Finally there were a couple of suggestions from one of the AKR members.  He has good experience of tournament in Japan and his student as well.  I asked <deleted> sensei to talk with this person and obtain ideas for further research to create tournaments in the US.
(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. )

5)         AKR website:  The AKR website has been updated time to time with the latest news.  The new AKR logo is now used.  I would like to appreciate <deleted> dedication as the web-editor and <deleted> sensei assisting him.

6)         Dojo-Biraki (Grand opening) of the Redwood Dojo will be held on the 29th of 2016.
<deleted> sensei’s private dojo will be completed soon and she will celebrate the dojobiraki with her friends.  Congratulations!!

7)  Creating a translation committee group:   This has no challengers or volunteers yet (2/29/2016).
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)         The details of the Special Chuso Shinsa in Minnesota has not been announced yet as of 2/29/2016.  You will be informed as soon as the AKR receives the final info and the written test questions as well.

2)           2016 Written test questions:  The ANKF will keep the written test questions as they have been introduced however there will be a slight change in wording.  Once the final change is made they will send out the updated version of the question list.  (1/28/2016 from Mr. <deleted>)

3)         Dan certificates:  The rank certificates have been sent to the federations and the affiliated countries by the ANKF.  Dan certificates for those who were promoted at the 2015 Special Chuo Shinsa in South Carolina were sent to the AKR.   The affiliated countries will individually receive their dan certificates as well. (1/28/2016 from Mr. <deleted>)
4            Fletching issue   The IKYF/ANKF office have been requested to post the documents on the Fletching Issue”.  All the federation presidents and the representatives have the documents that were given by Mr. <deleted> at the SC seminar last year.  However some questions are coming to the AKR office.  In order to provide the accurate information such documents should be posted to the IKYF website along its Japanese version.  I hope we will see it on the IKYF site soon.
Mr. <deleted>, 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 <deleted>.  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)         2016 IKYF/EKF seminar information:  Please see the attachment for details.

2)  5th Asia-Oceania Semina (Nagoya):  Is now closed.  All the test application forms, both pdf and original paper forms were sent to the ANKF office on the 27th of this month.  Please go to “From the AKR” section to see the details of the applications.  The seminar Excel sheet application should be sent soon and also the payment will be taken care of by the AKR treasurer.  Thank you <deleted>, for taking care of the payment.  You will find the attachments in the Jan. edition.  Please ask your president or representative.

From the EKF:
1)         Gérald Zimmermann sensei passed his Kyoshi test at Nagoya Chuo Shinsa in Feb. 2016.
It is great news to us.  Congratulations!!

The below is the message from the EKF president regarding the 2016 IKYF/EKF seminar.
Please read it along with the info from the IKYF.   Please see the attachment of the IKYF/EKF for the details

Dear Buchanan sensei

I hope this mail finds you well and in good shape and fine spirits.

Thank you for the additional information. I will forward the documents to the national representatives.
I suppose that you have received the seminar guidelines for Europe. The IKYF seminars in Europe are self-catering, thus accommodation need to book their own accommodation. However, the Dutch Kyudo Renmei has set up a website to help participants and give guidance: http://seminar.kyudo-renmei.com/

Best regards


From the Affiliates
1)         The other seminars in South America:
<deleted> sensei finished another seminar in Mexico City.  <deleted> sensei assisted <deleted> sensei.   According to <deleted> sensei the seminar was well taught with great patience. 
During the seminar the 2015 Andrew West award was presented by <deleted> sensei to <deleted>.   <deleted> is helping to distribute information that is forwarded by the AKR.  Now all the groups have begun receiving the info from the AKR.  I would like to appreciate her making efforts to do the job.

The other seminars: One is in Port Alegre which is organized by the Brasil Kyudokai.  This seminar is mainly for beginners with no rank and up to sndan.  It is from the 3/24 to 3/27 and Yoshiko Buchanan will be the instructor.   The last one is the Kubota Hanshi seminar in Buenos Aires from 5/27/5/29.   Most of the participants will be rank holders from shodan to godan and a few mundans.

End of Feb. edition
Enjoy your shooting in the spring air!


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