AKR Update 2016, January Edition

AKR Update Jan. 2016 

Dear AKR Members and Friends, 

A Happy New Year to you all! 

I hope this edition will find all of you having spent wonderful holidays and now you have been back to the normal everyday life and practice.  Both the seminar and Shinsa application deadlines for the 5 th Asia Oceana Kyudo Seminar have been closed. There are two affiliated countries (Argentina and Brasil) that are sending their members and the total participants are 30 (29 testing). It is a good thing that so many AKR members are interested in the ANKF kyudo and encouraged enough to travel to Japan to study and improve their skill. There is no doubt that all of the participants must be excited to receive instruction from the excellent teachers in Nagoya. Please see the “From the AKR” section to find the breakdown of the participants.

In order to make their opportunity more fruitful I would like to ask those who are teaching and responsible for their instruction at their dojos to visit the “Stipulations for examination” in the Kyudo Kyohon. Please study the description of each rank (P125 of English Kyohon and after P125 of Japanese Kyohon) and train your students. Please make sure that your first timers are able to do the “Five person test sequence” and shoot safely at 28m, which has always been the AKR criteria of attending seminars for the first time. There are 11 participants who will take the yon-dan test.

The ANKF Stipulations for Examination always show the goals, as a milestone, of the stages of our skill and it guides us on how to train. Testing is a challenge and such self-encouragement to face to such an intense situation is a good study that builds strength. I respect such a challenge. However please also note that “chasing ranks” could derail you from the right track of the study of Yumi. I believe it is a good idea for both teachers and their students to read the ANKF Stipulations of Examination once again and train your students along the stipulations. I also would like to encourage all the attendees/ testing participants to read the stipulations well and train yourself hard to reach it and/or perform better than the ANKF stipulations

Study well and enjoy learning from great teachers and meeting your old and new friends. I sincerely wish you all the best of luck. Please share the news in this edition with your members. 


Yoshiko Buchanan, AKR President 

From the AKR: 

1) 2015 AKR Board Meeting Action Item: Status of Foreign Groups

2) The 5th Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar partipation: There are all together 30 people attending this seminar and 29 participants are testing. The breakdown of the participation are: Argentina/1, Brasil/2, MNKR/1, NCKF/6, SCKR/3, SoCKR/8 and VKR/8+1. Among the 29 participants testing shodan is 4, nidan/7, sandan/3, yondan/11, godan/2, rokudan/1 and renshi/1. Eleven AKR members are taking the yondan test which is remarkable.

3) 2015 AKR Roster: Should be done by now!
<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.

4) 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

5) Creating an AKR annual tournament: 

Finally there was 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. 

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. Draft 12/28/14 <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 Kato 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: This has no challengers or volunteers yet (1/30/2016). 

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) 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 <deleted>) 

2) Dan certificates: Dan certificates for those who 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>) 

3) Fletching issue 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 detail 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. 

3) 2016 IKYF ID Renewal: Thanks to your cooperation the IKYF ID renewal has been completed.  However the total fee will be sent to the IKYF on the 8 th of Feb. (as scheduled). 

From the EKF: 

1) Here is a 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) Development in Mexcio: The five groups have gotten together and have begun moving toward forming one national organization. It will not be long until we hear about the details of those five groups. I hope they continue to work together to accomplish their goal and I would like to ask <deleted> sensei to continue guiding them with his excellent knowledge and experience in kyudo.

2) Another seminar in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Paraguay:
<deleted> san just finished another seminar in Chile. Thank you very much for your time and  contribution to the kyudo community in the neighboring countries. The first seminar is in Mexico in Feb. <deleted> sensei will be teaching. The second seminar is in Port Alegre, Brazil by Yoshiko sensei from 3/25-27. The 3rd seminar is in Buenos Aires. Kubota Fumiro hanshi 8 th dan will teach the Kyudo association of Argentina and kyudo friends from the neighboring countries from 5/25 - 27. Okabe 5th dan is invited by the Kyudokai Asuncion (and the Chile group for another seminar. It is very encouraging both domestically and to the kyudo friends of the affiliated countries. 

End of Jan. edition
Wishing you a great 2016!


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