Pictures from the 2007 NCKF New Yearís Tournament.
The Northern California Kyudo Federation held a 2007 New
Yearsís Tournament on Jan. 7th and I took many pictures with my new
digital camera of course. This yearís tournament was marked by an
outstanding performance by the new Renshi Jon McAlister who hit 16 of 20
arrows (and received his big Renshi certificate as part of the awards
ceremony). At one point Jon hit 12 arrows in a row and his last hits were
distinguished with his second arrow striking the nock of his first arrow
in the target!† 2nd place went to
Earl Hartman sensei who won a shootoff with Rik Center
who took 3rd.† In the sandan and
under category, Belinda Leung won 1st place and in a great shootoff,
Sakura san from the Seishinkan dojo struck the center circle to take 2nd
place over Keiko Franklin san who took 3rd place.
The cute New Yearís hanamato was made by Yoshiko
Buchanan sensei and featured a seasonal boar (Ino Shi Shi) among the
maple leaves theme (itís the year of the Boar).
You can see the pictures .† Note that clicking the smaller pictures
only takes you to a slightly larger picture that is still quick to
download.† Clicking on that picture
will bring up the original picture which is much higher resolution and
will take much longer to download but it is the one you want if you are
going to save the picture to your local hard disk and make a print from
Also, those of you looking for Japanese specific clip art with a new
yearís theme should bookmark the Little House web page.† The New Yearís graphics are password
protected but they give away the user name of† ďhouseĒ and the password of† ďsozaiĒ.† The New Yearís web page clipart is at:
Year after year they produce the best Japanese themed New Yearís clip
art by far.† Those of you looking
to decorate New Yearís scoresheets, certificates, hanamatos, etc. should
Shinnen Omedeto Gozaimasu!
Happy Year of the Boar!
I occasionally scan photo sharing sites looking for
good kyudo pictures but I had completely ignored video sharing sites like
YouTube. A recent email from a reader pointed out some real gems.
First is a clip of Awa Kenzo sensei shooting at what I believe is a
New Year's Celebration (Shinnen kai) in Japan. You can see the video by clicking here
And yes, Awa Kenzo was the instructor of Eugen Herrigel who wrote Zen
And The Art of Archery. But remember:
While kenshű (see true nature; i.e., attain awakening) is a Zen term, it
is practically impossible to detect any Zen elements in Awaís teaching.
Surprisingly, it appears that Awa never practiced Zen even once in his
life. SAKURAI (1981, p. 223), who has conscientiously studied Awaís life,
wrote that ďNo evidence can be found that Kenzű ever trained with a
taken from The Myth of Zen in the Art of Archery by YAMADA Shűji and
excellently translated by Earl Hartman sensei.
most of the yabusame videos the camera bounces more than the horse but
one podcast appears to have filmed inside a training hall (An Ogasawara
there are tourist videos that can be useful training. This makiwara
sharei video shows what happens when you don't take a big enough step
back after firing your first shot. You'll have to adjust your position
after standing up for the second shot so students of taihai take note:
before being carried away with all the videos you should always have an
appreciation for the well
written kyudo web page
International Kyudo Federation Has A Webpage!
for the day, what is so special about this percentage:
you said that is the percentage of people in the International Kyudo
Federation who are native speakers of Japanese then I would
goes a long way to explaining why the new web page for the International
Kyudo Federation is almost entirely in Japanese!.
can see the web page by clicking on this link: http://www.ikyf.org/
Special Test For Renshi Candidates.
most readers will know the ANKF shogo (instructor i.e. renshi and kyoshi)
test consists of two shooting tests, if the candidate passes the first
shooting test they attempt the second shooting test which is almost
always a sharei form of some kind.
many overseas kyudo participants may not know is that once a year there
is an 'Extraordinary Special Test' given in Japan for all those renshi
and kyoshi candidates who passed the first part of their test but failed
the second shooting test. Once a year, in Japan, a test is given for all
such test candidates and this test has existed for many years but with
more and more overseas test candidates taking (and failing!) their renshi
tests this is a good chance to introduce the details of this special test
to the non Japanese kyudo community. For example, at this year's American
seminar there were three renshi test candidates who qualified for the
second shooting test but then failed. So those three candidates are
eligable for this year's Extraordinary Special Test in Japan. I know for a fact that
at least one European passed his kyoshi test and one American passed his
renshi test in years past at this special test.
test is only given once at the end of the year and is a one time test
open only to those renshi and kyoshi test candidates who failed their
second shooting test during the current year. And you only have once
chance to take the test. If you fail it you are back to zero and have to
take the renshi or kyoshi test from the beginning.
are the details of the renshi test translated into English. If anyone out
there needs the details of the kyoshi(!) test
just email me and I'll forward those too.
luck to all the test candidates for this year!
The renshi test information is as follows:
1. Date: Sunday December 24, 2006 .
Shiseikan Dojo, Meiji Shrine Budojo, 1-1 Kamizonocho, Yoyogi,
Shibuya ku, Tokyo. 03-5302-5865.†
Closest station is Yoyogi station by JR line Yamanote line or
subway Uedo line.† Alternative route is Sangubashi station by Odakyu line.
3. Test Schedule:
Test begins at 9 AM (registration begins at 8 AM).
4. Test Eligibility:
Those who passed the renshi first test during 2006 (Heisei 18).
5. Test details.
(1) Shooting test, written test, and interview test will be given.†
Pass/no pass decided by total score.
Shooting test will be the 2nd part of the Renshi test
(no sharei information given - Yoshiko).
(2) Interview test will be on instructional ability and general
kyudo knowledge will be examined.
(3) Written test will be given.
6. How to apply:
(1) Application form - The offical test application form must be used
(In my opinon this means the green ANKF form - Yoshiko).† The test fee
of 6000 (six thousand) yen must be attached.
(2) Deadline: The application must arrive by the 11th of December.
(3) Application should be sent to:†
Attention to Tokyo Tokubetsu Renji Shinsa Gakkari.†
ZNKR/Kishi Memorial Hall
1-1-1 Jinnan Shibuya, Tokyo
(1) Deadline is strict.
(2) Print application clearly.
(3) Application contents must be true and accurate.† Any false information may cause failure.
(4) Candidates must be at the test site on time.
(5) Testing candidates must wear wafuku and wear an ANKF pin.
(6) Failure to respond to the test assembly call may be considered abandoment of the test.
(7) In the case of rissha the rissha must be wirtten in red on the application form.†
A doctor's letter must be attached.† The letter should be dated within one year.†
The federation president must approve the rissha request.
(8) Parking will be in the Meiji Jingu Bunkachushajo.
Personal information on the application form may be used for the following purposes:
1) Publishing in the test candidate list and related materials such as names, renmei,
age, title, date title obtained and so on.
2) The test candidate list and time announcement with identifying number.
3) The announcement of test results to official publications such as the kyudo magazine
(name, renmei, title and dan).
End of test information.
Percentages From Kyudo USA 2006!
thanks to Carly Born for passing on this information. And big
congratulations to the new renshis!
If you are interested, here are the passing stats for this year's
shinsa. Please feel free to forward to anyone else who you think may be
7/15 got Shodan (47%)
4/15 got 1 kyu (27%)
2/15 got 2 kyu (13%)
9/9 got Shodan (100%)
[1 from 2 kyu, all others from 1 kyu]
14/14 got Nidan (100%)
6/12 got Sandan (50%)
1/4 got Yondan (25%)
2/10 got Godan (20%)
Our new godan are Bill Reid (NCKR) and Rick Beal (NANKA)
6/12 proceeded to the interview and second test (50%)
3 passed Renshi (25%)
Our new Renshi are Douglas Sakurai (NANKA), Jon McAllister (NCKF) and
†Tomio Kato (GKR).
Minnesota Kyudo Renmei
Biraki at the Alster Dojo in Hamburg,
recent email from Hoff Sensei announced the opening of a second shajo in
the Alster Dojo in Hamburg,
and the email came with pictures! The amount of work necessary for such a
large dojo must have been considerable. The interior picture shows the
windows that can be raised to allow shooting and I suspect the boxes at
the bottom of the windows are heaters. Winters are VERY cold in Hamburg. Exterior
pictures show how the windows are raised on the outside. Note the size of
the fences! The Alster Dojo clearly belives in a good neighbor policy. I
have made a slide show of the pictures but if you have the bandwidth, try
clicking on the pictures to see details of the handsome arrows being used
in the meigen ceremony.
last weekend we had the dojo biraki for the second hall
in the Alster Dojo Hamburg.† I performed it according
to the tradition of the Heki-To ryu (Meigen,
Shiho zume, Yawatashi, 7-5-3, after this everybody did a hitote).
Some pictures of it are in the attachment.
The indoor picture of the dojo was taken in March but now the
yamichi is green.
We can now offer 12 mato and can serve bigger seminars
but first of all our own members much better. Luckily the
number of memberships of the kyudo branch in the Alster
Dojo has increased to 130!
can see the pictures by by
from the 2nd Open German Kyudo Enteki Taikai
have just received this email from Feliks Hoff sensei if the Alster Dojo
giving the results of their recent enteki taikai (long distance
competition). And what is more, two pictures came with the email. These
are very interesting pictures as they show in some detail the very
cleverly constructed outdoor shooting area. The pictures are large but
the detail is worth seeing.
can see the first picture by by clicking here
And the second by by
On Sunday, 18.06.06, the Alster Dojo Hamburg held the 2nd Open German Kyudo
Enteki Taikai . The winner was Mr. Boris Proppe
from Berlin after winning two rounds of
a tiebreaker against Mr. Jan Graaf from Stockholm.
place went to the winner from last year, Mr. Peter Knipper from North
Rhine-Westphalia. The Kyudoka of the guest dojo had to be content with
4th and 5th place.
(single pine tree) Opening Ceremony
Mark Gabel emailed me recently with a link to pictures of the opening
ceremony of his dojo: Isshou which means single pine tree. In the kyudo
wilderness of America
a kyudo dojo can be a one person shooting platform and that is what Mark
has constructed on his property in North
Carolina. He asked his teacher, Dan DeProspero sensei, to perform a dojo biraki (dojo opening
ceremony) for the dojo and you can see scenes from that in the pictures.
I'm also told that DeProspero sensei made the handsome carved wood sign
as an opening gift for the dojo too.
can see the pictures by by
to Test In Japan?
the canceling of overseas seminars and tests in the year there is an
International Kyudo Federation event it is likely more people will travel
to test. I'm assuming that the IKYF will still allow overseas members to
test in local promotion tests in Japan.
so then it helps to understand how the All Nippon Kyudo Federation (ANKF)
organizes tests in Japan.
Strictly speaking the ANKF only offers tests for renshi candidates and
higher. Tests for kyu through 4th dan are the responsibility of local federations,
usually one federation per prefecture. To test in one of these local
federation tests you'll have to obtain the schedule either directly from
the local federation or request the schedule from the ANKF who will refer
you to a local official if they don't have that federation's testing
schedule at hand. You'll have to meet the local federation's test
application deadline and don't assume there will be someone there who can
translate the written test questions from Japanese into English. Try to
verify as many things ahead of time as possible because you will
definitely be the odd person out and your attitude should be one of
trying to cause as little disruption to the local test as possible.
tests are usually administered by several local federations joining
together to jointly administer the test such as Tokyo
+ Yamanashi pref., Southern Kyushuu (Kagoshima+Miyazaki+Kumamoto)
and so forth. Finding the dates of these is the same process as finding
kyu thru 4th dan tests, you'll have to contact one
of the local federations.
tests and higher. Ah, now we get to the so-called "central"
tests i.e. tests administered directly by the ANKF. There are two types
of central test: the Teiki Chuoh Shinsa ("fixed" tests) and the
Rinji Chuoh Shinsa ("special" tests). The Teiki Chuoh Shinsa
tests are called "fixed" because there are four and their
locations and months are "fixed" with the exact date falling on
a particular weekend of the month. The four tests are given in Kyoto (May), Sendai
(July), Fukuoka (Sept), and Tokyo (Nov). Of the
four, the most well known to overseas participants is the Kyoto Taikai in
May. Overseas Kyudo students frequently just say "Kyoto Taikai"
when they refer to the archery competition always given in Kyoto but the
Japanese word "Taikai" (Great Gathering) can be taken literally
here. The archery competition is only one of many events which take place
There are several divisions of tournament available (starting with yondan
and up) and typically there are archery demonstrations, and so-called
"enbu" or demonstration tournaments. For example, hanshi are
not expected to compete in regular tournaments so there is a hanshi enbu
where each hanshi shoots two arrows and judges award an excellent
performance award to a select few. There are so many ANKF officials and
sensei attending this annual event that usually several overseas Kyudo
students can be found in Kyoto
meeting old friends and teachers and making new relationships as well.
This popularity has a price. The Kyoto
promotion tests are huge, typically over 400 people testing just for one
rank alone in a single day. Finding space just to sit and string your bow
can be hard. Taking a promotion test at the Kyoto Taikai is definitely a
Kyudo character building experience.
Rinji Chuoh Shinsa vary by time and place and
there are more than a dozen of them. Their schedule is usually printed
several months in advance in the Kyudo magazine but fortunately the ANKF
now has a web page where all of the events in a fiscal year are listed.
can see the ANKF event schedule by clicking here
ANKF has thoughtfully labeled the promotion tests with little triangles.
For example, on May 6th and 7th we see a promotion test. The location is
given in parens in the fourth column which is Kyoto. Note the kanji following Kyoto. Those kanji
are for "Teiki Chuoh Shinsa" in other words this is the fixed
test held in Kyoto
every year. In the fifth column we see that on the 6th the Kyoshi and 8th
dan tests will be given. On the 7th is the 6th dan and 7th dan tests.
Note the absence of a renshi test. Picking another date we see a renshi
only test on May 28th in Kinki (Osaka
vicinity). The test is called a Renshi Rinji Chuoh Shinsa, i.e. one of
the renshi only tests whose date and location are not fixed from year to
this quick overview of the ANKF's test scheduling practices will help you
in planning your Japan
trips. And good luck on your promotion test!
of the 2006 Kyoto
Taikai Overseas Enbu medals.
part of the inaugural events of the International Kyudo Federation a
special overseas members "enbu" was added to this year's Kyoto
Taikai. All overseas IKYF members who registered could shoot two arrows
in a demonstration tournament. All those hitting both arrows received a
small medal. But there were judges for the enbu and six people were
choosen to receive a special "excellent performance" award
which was a rather hefty medal with ribbon and certificate. The face on
the medal was a Japanese archery from mythology. Yoshiko Buchanan from
the Shiseikan dojo was one of the six and showed the dojo members her
awards at the last dojo practice.
of couse I have pictures which you can see by clicking
is a link to the ANKF page listing the other winners of the overseas
enbu. Scroll to the bottom of the page which you can see by clicking here.
of the inaugural meetings of the International Kyudo Federation.
inaugural meetings of the International Kyudo Federation (IKYF) took
place at the Hotel New Kyoto, Kyoto-Shi,
the 2nd of May, 2006. The IKYF was approved as an organization so there
is now an official international organization in charge of kyudo worldwide.
of the meetings are:
were 17 member countries of the IKYF: Japan ,
Austria, Belgium, Finland,
France, Germany, UK,
Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,
Spain, Switzerland, Sweden
and the USA.
Of those 17 countries, Portugal
were absent and appointed proxies ahead of time.
were minor changes to the IKYF bylaws:
Honorary officers have been added. In particular, Takamado no Miya Hisako
Denka (Her Imperial Highness princess Hisako Takamado) has been accepted
to be the honorary president of the IKYF. Another two honorary officers
are Yoshiro Mori (former prime minister) and Mayumi Moriyama (member of
the House of Representatives).
(2) The numbers of vice chairman has been changed from "two" to
(3) The number of auditors has been changed from two to three.
new IKYF officers are:
Chairman - Nobuyuki Kamogawa,
Vice Chairman - Ichiro Uozumi, Munenaga-Seki and Liam O'Brien (UK) IKYF
Board members: Mitsunari Suzuki (ANKF president), Sadao-Suda, Shouichiro
Nakatsuka, Kiyosada Ogasawara (Head of Ogasawara School), Kohei Irie
(Honorary Professor, Tsukuba Univ.), Yoshikuni Yamada, Masashi Koyama,
Takeo Ishikawa, Tooru Miyata, Yoshimitsu Usami, Masao Iijima, Shunichiro
Ooe, Felix Hoff (Germany), Tryggvi Sigurdsson (Iceland), Oriou
Charles-Louis (France), Dan DeProspero (USA) and Aaron Blackwell (USA).
IKYF Auditors: Jin Okamoto, Tadao Yoshiwara and William Reid (USA).
Board of Director's meeting presented business plans and a budget for
fiscal year 2006 and 2007. As IKYF general meetings are every two years,
budgets and events are planned two years ahead. This is something
overseas member countries will have to adjust to as events should be
planned for up to two years ahead, not one year as was previously done in
dealing with the ANKF.
fiscal year 2006 business was the inauguration meeting of the IKYF and
related events such as the Celebration Dinner and the 57th All Nippon
Kyudo Taikai "Kaigai Kyuyu no bu in Kyoto with participation by Her
Imperial Highness Princess Hisako Takamado.
IKYF event in 2007 will be the first IKYF International Seminar and
related events. This event takes place from April 10th to the 15th of
2007. The detailed information will be distributed in June, 2006. The
current draft of the event is as follows:
4/10 - 12, 2007 Seminar at the ANKF Central Kyudojo, Meiji Shrine, Tokyo
4/12/2006†††††† Reception for the Taikai to commemorate the inauguration of the International†
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Welcome party for participants of the Taikai at the Hotel New Otani, Tokyo.
4/13 - 14, 2007 A Taikai to commemorate the inauguration of the International
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††Kyudo Federation which will be held at the
††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Nippon Budokan, Tokyo.
4/15, 2007††††† All Nippon Kyudo Federation Special Examination.
††††††††††††††† The location will be at the "Chuoh Dojo" (Central Kyudojo of
††††††††††††††† the All Nippon Kyudo Federation, Meiji Jingu Shrine,
††††††††††††††† Tokyo).† More details will be available in June, 2006.†††††††
eligibility of overseas participants will require them to be members of
one of the registered country federations. But there will be no limit on
ranks, nationalities or numbers of participants from the registered
World Kyudo Championship in 2009 is still being planned and its
preparatory committee will be established. The event location will be in Tokyo, Japan.
and the Olympics.
as an Olympic sport is a straw man which arises every so often in
discussions of the art. After all, if tug-of-war and croquet used to be
Olympic sports then why not kyudo? (I am not making this up. The picture
at the top of the web page is wonderful and be sure to click on the
smaller pictures at the bottom to see
pictures of some old Olympic games.
the requirements for a sport to be included in the modern Olympics are
1.1 only sports widely practiced by men in at least seventy five
countries and on four continents, and by women in
at least forty countries and on three continents, may be
included in the programme of the Games of the
1.2 only sports widely practised in at least twenty-five
countries and on three continents may be included in the
programme of the Olympic Winter Games;
the above requirements you can see that few people living today have to
worry about kyudo being included in the Olympics unless there is stunning
growth in kyudo overseas in the very near future. There is one
requirement however which is about to be met:
3.2 To be included in the programme of the Olympic Games,
events must have a recognised international standing
both numerically and geographically, and have been
included at least twice in world or continental
representatives are now gathering in Japan for ratification of the
bylaws and other administrative procedures to form the new International
Kyudo Federation. One of the major activities of the new IKYF will be the
holding of a world kyudo championship every few years with the first one
to be held 2009 if all goes well. In theory that would satisfy the world
championship requirements. But there is yet another requirement for
1.3 only sports that adopt and implement the World Anti-
Doping Code can be included and remain in the
programme of the Olympic Games;
yes, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and the indignity of
urine testing. I must confess that before and after kyudo tests and
tournaments I have indeed spent much time peeing into urinals but the
idea of someone actually collecting my urine, taking its temperature to
be sure it's mine and not someone else's and then analyzing it just makes
me want to say eeeEEEEWWWWWW! Where kyudo begins with a bow and ends with
a bow, sport kyudo will now end with...well, you get the idea. For those
interested in Olympic sport requirements you can click
is one exception of course to Olympic eligibility rules. Host countries
can nominate so-called exhibition sports. And sure enough, that is
exactly what Japan
attempted for the 1940 Olympics. Judo, kendo and kyudo were added to the
Olympic games and had the games not been canceled kyudo would finally
have made it to the Olympics. Who knows what would have happened but I
have visions of crash courses in kyudo being given to every gaijin in Japan
to keep the event from being 100% Japanese.
researching kyudo and the Olympics I did find a very interesting article
on the Olympics and Judo. The article is about issues surrounding the
Olympics, Judo and the effect of TV and funding. But if you substitute
the word "kyudo" for "judo" in the article I suspect
it may well reflect the state of sport kyudo in a few years. I especially
like the opening:
In 1922 judo founder Jigoro Kano resigned from his position as head of the Japan
Amateur Athletic Association because he disagreed with its policy of encouraging
professionals to enter international competition in hope of inflating Japanese medal
counts. [EN1] A few years later, Kano told Olympic leader Pierre de Coubertin that
judo was inappropriate for inclusion in the Olympics because it was not a sport but
a school of life: judo, said Kano, was not a game, but instead it was "like a church,
it teaches a man a moral sense." [EN2] In 1933, Kano told the young British judoka
Trevor Leggett that, while he had nothing against competition, he was against
championships; to his thinking, championships degraded people by placing too much
emphasis on winning. [EN3] Finally, during a luncheon speech given at the
Pan-Pacific Club in Tokyo on June 14, 1935, Kano complained that "competition
sometimes makes men go to extremes and results in their doing themselves serious
So, despite the International Olympic Committee announcing on March 16, 1938 that
judo, kendo, and kyudo (Japanese archery) would be demonstration sports
featured at the 1940 Olympics, [EN5] it seems clear that in his time, Jigoro Kano
never wanted judo in the Olympics.
can find the article by clicking here.
Mitsunari sensei president of the ANKF.
month's kyudo magazine has announced that Suzuki Mitsunari sensei, will be the new president of the ANKF starting
in May, 2006. Presumably the current president, Kamogawa sensei, is
making plans to head the new International Kyudo Federation when it is
2007 American and European Kyudo seminars have been canceled as
American Kyudo Renmei has been officially notified of the canceling of
next year's national seminar in America
and Europe. This was mentioned in
previous IKYF meetings but is now official. The IKYF is thinking of
having an international seminar in Japan in 2007 during the
second week of April but no official announcement has been made on that
yet. Obviously, just because there is no official ANKF seminar next year
in America or Europe doesn't prevent the various national
federations from organizing their own seminars in 2007.
test application forms are back!
finally gotten around to updating the sample ANKF overseas test
application forms. The new examples are MUCH smaller than the old and are
based on the new form (which has been used for two years now so that
shows you how out of date my examples were.) I created kyudo histories
for three people: a mudan testing for the first time, a nidan going for
their san dan test and someone going for their renshi test. Then I
attempted to correctly fill out a test application form for each person.
Please note the "notes" I've appended to the end of each form.
Every year there are some very poorly filled out test application forms
so I've tried to make these as current as possible by assuming that each person
will be testing in the American 2006 seminar in Spartanburg, South
hyperlinks to the forms are on the left side of this webpage.
Photos on Flickr
people have uploaded their kyudo pictures to the Flickr photo sharing
service owned by Yahoo. I recently did a search on the tag
"kyudo" and was presented with a nice slideshow of photos. You
can see the slideshow yourself by clicking here!
for the 2006 American Seminar available
for Kyudo USA 2006 have been posted on the South Carolina Kyudo Renmei
web page. The page can be found by clicking
Note: although the direction says to mail the paperwork directly to South Carolina,
Shiseikan dojo members should NOT do that. Experience has shown that
previous applications, especially the test applications, are almost never
filled out correctly. Completed applications for Shiseikan dojo members
should be given to Yoshiko who will review them before mailing to South Carolina.
Australians Found...In Austria!
eyed Austrian kyudo practitioner Robert Ruszthy has solved the mystery of
the 68 missing members of the Australian Kyudo Federation after noting
that Austria was missing from the list and had, you guessed it, 68
with my wife who read the table to me in Japanese I discovered that
indeed she had said Austrian and not Australian but my gaijin ears were
not sophisicated enough to understand the difference. Now that Yoshiko
has boxed my ears with the November 2005 edition of the Kyudo magazine I
know even more Japanese words, like "baka". The correctly
translated table appears below.
interesting table of membership totals, by rank and by country, was
published in the November 2005 Kyudo magazine which I am reprinting here.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dan and
Country††††††††† Hanshi††† Kyoshi†† Renshi††† Mudan††††† Total
------- †††††††††------††† ------†† ------††† -------† -------
Japan†††††††††††††† 107†††† 1,794††† 4,361††† 124,005† 130,267
USA††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 9††††††† 233††††† 242
Austria††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 68†††††† 68
Belgium†††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††1†††††††† 81†††††† 82
Finland††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 58†††††† 58
France††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††† 12††††††† 345††††† 358
Germany†††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††† 5††††† 1,126††† 1,132
UK††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††1††††††† 2†††††††† 77†††††† 80
Iceland†††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††† 0†††††††† 13†††††† 14
Italy†††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††† 4††††††† 146††††† 151
Luxemburg††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1†††††††† 13†††††† 14
Holland†††††††††††† ††††††††††††1††††††† 2†††††††† 67†††††† 70
Norway†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 25†††††† 25
Portugal†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 15†††††† 15
Spain††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 52†††††† 52
Swiss†††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††2††††††† 109††††† 111
Sweden†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 21†††††† 21
Totals††††††††††††† 107†††† 1,800††† 4,399††† 126,454† 132,760
Kogi by Masatomo Takagi for sale.
was recently contacted by Ms. Lynne Hadley who has a
antique Japanese book on archery for sale. As I have no expertise at all
on antique books I will post her description of the book as emailed to
Dear Mrs. Buchanan,
I have in my possession, a copy of Nihon Kogi by Masatomo Takagi.†
This book is extremely rare, and I believe that there are only twelve
copies in Japanese libraries.† It is my intention to sell this book,
and I would be very grateful to you if you could advise your
membership of this, in case any of them may be interested in purchasing
it?† It really is a beautiful book, and is in excellent condition
for its age.† I can provide scans, should anybody be interested.†
A full description follows.† Thank you.
five maki bound in one volume in traditional fukuro-toji style, 262 x 185
mm. 105 full page and 22 double page woodcuts and numerous smaller
illustrations. Original orange wrappers with title slip in black and red.
Published by Tamiya Raneido of Osaka and dated ninth year of Tempo (1838).
This work has been regarded as a classic on the history of archery in Japan
and has been used as an essential textbook by students of bushido, the way
of the samurai. It covers many aspects of this traditional martial art that
it constitutes an encyclopaedia on the subject . Various headings include:
ceremonial etiquette, philosophy, antiquities and legends, making of bows
and arrows, the annual festival of competitions and equipment, costumes and
other accessories. There are numerous line drawings faithfully copied from
old paintings or from life. The illustrator, Shitomi Kangyu, was a painter
from Osaka. The Kokusho Somokuroku records twelve other copies as being
preserved in various libraries in Japan. This copy has the library seal of
Bujutsu Semmon Gakko,the Special College of Martial Arts, Tokyo. There is
minor worming in a few blank margins, in a few page it extends just into the
woodcut frame touching a few letters
Hadley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
2006 Shinnen Shakai.
Year, new software! I've updated my photo album software to the latest
JAlbum freeware version and I'm now displaying the photos in a slide show
so that the current slideshow picture doesn't blow everything off the
user's browswer screen. I've uploaded pictures of the Shiseikan 2006
Shinnen Shakai practice and tournament. 2006 is the year of the dog so
the prizes (and the prize wrappings) were a clever mix of western and
Japanese dog images and dog squeeze toys. Some were very cute and there
is one picture of Shiseikan members holding their just delivered dan
certificates which just arrived from Japan.
You can see the pictures by clicking
Now for those of you who want to view and perhaps save individual full
size pictures you still can. At the bottom right of the picture being
displayed is a blue down arrow. Clicking on that will bring up the full
size photo JPEG file which can be saved locally to your computer.
from the Seattle
am always interested in where people do kyudo in the kyudo wilderness of America.
When I heard archers in Seattle
were shooting in an old aircraft hanger I immediately asked for pictures
and now they've been posted on the internet. You can see the pictures by clicking here!
of Yoshihiro Shishime sensei.
sadness I must report that a kyudo friend in Japan
has informed Yoshiko and myself of the passing
of Yoshihiro Shishime sensei, Hanshi, 10th dan, from Kagoshima Prefecture
on January 2nd, 2006, at the age of 90. Shishime sensei was very active
in the ANKF and some of you may remember his instruction of the senior
group during the last Miyakonojo seminar. He was also the father of Mr. Koya
Shishime, the ANKF office manager who I know that many of you have met
and corresponded with over the years. Shishime sensei was always gracious
to us and other foreign kyudo practioners so I thought it would be good
to make this announcement so that overseas kyudo friends could get this
information in a timely manner.
from the Shiseikan 2005 Shuku Shakai (Year End Practice).
per Japanese tradition, at the end of every year the Shiseikan dojo has a
Shuku Shakai, a year end practice. It is the final practice of the year
and a chance to recognize all those members who passed their promotional
tests some time during the year. The new rank holders wear ribbons and
the other dojo members perform a congratulations shooting performance for
them. Then the new rank holders return the favor by performing a
"thank you" shooting performance and a year end sharei, called
a nosha, is performed and class ends. After class everyone is invited to
a dinner at a local resturant. A special note was made of dojo member
Hiroki Fujita who passed his san dan test this year. Even though he now
lives in Japan
he was noted with the other successful dan promotions of the dojo for
this year. Omedeto gozaimasu to everyone.
year was no different except that, unlike previous years, I did not take
an excessive number of pictures. The restrained number of pictures can be
seen by clicking
from the Shiseikan 2005 Harvest Tournament.
yes, I do have an excessive number of pictures from the Shiseikan 2005
Harvest Tournament. Thank you for asking. The pictures can be seen by clicking
is recovering from surgery.
bit of news from the home front. Yoshiko had surgery this morning (Nov.
3rd, 2005) to repair the primary rotator cuff muscle in her right
shoulder. Years of archery practice had simply worn it out. It is an
occupational hazard for archers or any athlete with repetitive overhead
arm motion. The surgery went well, and while there cannot be a guarentee
of 100% recovery the surgeon was optimistic and very experienced in the
procedure. Yoshiko is now at home trying to figure out how to move around
the house with all that equipment (infuser, sling, cryocuff) hanging off
from Kyudo USA 2005.
yes, I do have an excessive number of pictures from Kyudo USA 2005. Thank
you for asking!
The pictures can be seen by clicking
to the Dutch Open Tournament Celebrating 25 years of the Dutch Kyudo
received this email today from Hans de Wekker sensei, President of the
Kyudo Renmei Nederland:
for the occasion of her 25 anniversary
Kyudo Dutch Open On October 15 & 16 in the city of Haarlem
For this accasion I have the pleasure to invite you to celebrate this
I hope for a positive responce.
President Kyudo Renmei Nederland
Wekker sensei also sent this invitation which you can see by Clicking
Kyudo Renmei will be an item of discussion in July.
Japanese reading skills are minimal but if I understand what the news
item on Page 5 of the May 2005 Kyudo Magazine is saying it looks like
Usami sensei might have some items to discuss with the American
federation presidents at the upcoming American national kyudo seminar in
July. Discussion and/or ratification of the proposed bylaws for the
International Kyudo Federatino might well be on Usami sensei's to do
list. Just a heads up for those coming to California in July for the seminar!
(And apparently there will be many of you coming. Registration is over
from Kubota sensei's Shiseikan special seminar.
Shiseikan dojo invited Mr. Fumiro Kubota, Hanshi, 8-th dan, and his wife
for a special weekend seminar. The two days of training were appreciated
by all and I took an insane number of pictures of sensei and his wife.
Including their visit to the Winchester Mystery House. You can view the
huge number of pictures by clicking
from the Shiseikan 2005 Shinnenshakai (New Year's Celebration)
had its 2005 New Year's Celebration tournament on Jan. 29 and the
pictures can be seen by clicking
from the Shiseikan 2004 Shukushakai (Official Celebration and
Congratulation End Of The Year Practice)
the pattern of previous years the last dojo practice of the year
consisted of regular practice in the morning and in the afternoon there
was a shukushakai or Celebration shooting in honor of every dojo member
who passed their promotion tests during 2004. This year there were two
dojo members: Yoshiko Buchanan and Mark May, who received the
congratulation shooting of all other members. This was followed by Mark
and Yoshiko performing a toreisha (Thank you shooting) for the dojo and
then a nosha (Closing shoot) was performed to close the practice and the
can see the pictures from the ceremonies by clicking
from the Shiseikan 2004 Harvest Tournament
Armand Melikian, who lives in Miyazaki,
came to watch the Shiseikan 2005 Harvest Tournament and kindly emailed me
these pictures he took at the event.
can see the pictures from the tournament by clicking
Official, Yoshiko Buchanan passed her Rokudan
there was much rejoicing!
of the Kyudo Dojo at Engakuji
was recently contacted by Mr. Timothy Kraemer who lives in London, England. He was touring with
a classical orchestra in Japan
and happened upon a kyudo practice at Suhara Koun Sensei's dojo at
Engakuji temple in Kita Kamakura. He took some nice photos while there
and he emailed me the URL where the photos can be seen. He also sells
prints of the photos. Here is the URL he sent:
USA 2004 Is Over and Here Are The Pictures!
Indiana Kyudo Federation hosted the annual American kyudo seminar this
year and did a wonderful job. I took over 300 pictures (digital camera
fever) and as usual most pictures were okay, some were awful and a few
were classic. Since you never know how important one picture may be for
someone I've posted them all and I had to create a two level index. So
click on the first thumbnail page which is just an index into the other
index pages and then you'll get to the actual pictures which are about
200K to 300K bytes in size:
the pictures by: clicking
Kubota sensei promoted to hanshi!
to Fumiro Kubota sensei of the Kubota Association for the Study of
Archery because we just received word of his promotion to hanshi! Many
Shiseikan members have studied at Kubota sensei's dojo in downtown Tokyo and the Kubota
family has always received our students and visitors with much kindness
and support. We want to be one of the first overseas friends to say
congratulations to Kubota sensei and his entire family.
from the annual kyudo demonstration at Sumida Park
Spring there is a Yabusame (horse archery) and Kusajishi (deer shooting)
demonstration along the banks of the Sumida
River in Tokyo. The events take place among the
blooming cherry trees which line the river banks and they are favorite
tourist attractions. This year, Shiseikan member Maria Peterson was there
and took these two great pictures:
here for picture one.
here for picture two.
for the 2004 American Kyudo Seminar announced
Phil Swain, President of the Indiana Kyudo Renmei, has passed along the
names of the three senseis who will be instructing at this year's
American seminar. The three instructors are:
Nori Takahashi, Hanshi 8th dan, chief instructor
Yoshimitsu Usami, Hanshi 8th dan
Katsuyuki Ishii, Hanshi 8th dan.
From The Shiseikan 2004 Valentine's Day Tournament)
Shiseikan Valentine's Day Tournament was opened to members of other dojos
this year and was a lot of fun. Notable this year were
a few of the shooting percentages led by Yoshiko Buchanan, the winner of
the San dan and up catagory. Yoshiko sensei hit 11 of 12 shots in the
tournament which is a personal best. The heart shaped kinteki also didn't
last long as the second archer to shoot for it, Ted Triant, hit it with
his first shot. Congratulations to all the participants for making this
such a memorable tournament!
can see the pictures by
wanting access to the full size pictures as they came from the camera
(one picture is about 200K!) can find them; by
From The Shiseikan 2004 Shinnen Shakai (New Year's Tournament)
one of three (whew!) tournaments the Shiseikan dojo hosted at the
beginning of the year, this set of pictures are from the Shiseikan dojo's
celebration of 2004.
can see the pictures by
wanting access to the full size pictures as they came from the camera
(one picture is about 200K!) you can find them by
From The NCKF 2004 Shinnen Shakai (New Year's Tournament)
NCKF celebrated the Year of the Monkey by having its annual New Year's Tournament.
The winners in the san dan and up catagory were: Earl Hartman sensei 1st
place, Yoshiko Buchanan sensei 2nd place, and Bill Tyler 3rd place. In
the ni dan and under catagory there was an exciting shoot off for first
and second place. The winners were: Yoko Iishi 1st place, Mark May 2nd
place, and Miss Azusa Hamaishi 3rd place. Hamaishi san's parents drove
her to Foothill College all the way from Reno to be in the tournament. She has
just entered high school and we hope she can visit us again. The new
year's "Monkey" special target was very solidly hit by Yoshiko
can see the pictures by
of the Shiseikan 2003 Shukushakai
is over and the Shiseikan dojo held their year end Shukushakai at Foothill College followed by a wonderful
dinner at Mrs. Asai's house. As usual we celebrated the dojo members who
passed their tests during the year and then the new dan holders performed
a toreisha (return thank you shoot). The nosha (closing shoot) was
performed by new sandan Alex Connell who gave an outstanding performance
both in practice and during the actual ceremony.
year end 2003 to everyone. See you next year!
Click here to see
picture group 1.
Click here to
see picture group 2.
of the BiToku Dojo in Georgia
Symmes sensei recently emailed these great pictures of the Bi Toku dojo.
It just doesn't get any better than stepping out the back door into your
Click here to see
Click here to see
of recent San Dan Written Examination
written test question list from the ANKF Kyudo magazine hasn't been
updated in a long while because, for some reason, the ANKF hasn't been
publishing new questions. But a kyudo student from Germany recently took a San Dan test in Japan
and very kindly wrote down the written test questions and emailed them to
me! I very much appreciate it and I notice that for a San Dan written
test it is on the more difficult side:
test for san-dan, Kurashiki/ pref. Okayama
Nov. 9, 2003
Chairman: Mr. Saito
I applied for san-dan examination in Kurashiki
In addition to written test-questions the ANKF publishes in its magazine,
there are much more things to be asked ... These are the questions I had
Each term must have a phonetic transcription in Roman letters. Then
explain it briefly.
a) _______(Chinese characters given for:
b) _______(Chinese characters given for: honza)_______________
c) _______(Chinese characters given for: shokon)______________
2. Write about your daily practice of sumashi.
3. Explain why tsumeai and nobiai is important."
Saito expected every participant to answer the same questions - therefore
the kanji had to be understood and transcripted even by non-Japanese
Annual Shiseikan Harvest Tournament
First Annual Shiseikan Harvest Tournament took place on Sunday November
16, 2003 and quite a hit it was. The turnout was the largest NCKF event
to date with 25 people practicing for the day and 23 registered for the
tournament. The was a fun filled day thanks to coordinators Fujita
Hiroyuki and Rik Center, plus all the help they received from everyone
started the day with a chance for all the NCKF members to practice test
style together in sequence of ranking. We then proceeded to open long distance
practice. The afternoon began with a Yawatashi admirably performed by
Yoshiko Buchanan Sensei with assistants: Daiichi-Kaizoe, Maria Peterson /
Daini-Kaizoe, Cody Fisher.
then began our 18-arrow Tournament. We had wonderful new targets designed
by Rik's neighbor Paula Egan. The targets were designed as plates with a
thanksgiving feast to shoot at; A turkey leg, mashed potatoes, stuffing,
cranberries and pumpkin pie.
first place winner Jon McAllister must have been stuffed, with his 89
points and 12 out of 18 hits! 2nd place was Earl Hartman Sensei , followed by Rik Center
winning a 3rd place finish shoot-off with Eileen Sasaki.
Earl also hit the Kinteki on his first shot.
Other prize-winners were Jason Fairbanks, for the Hirama Prize of having
a hit in only is 3rd time shooting 28 meters. Other fun prizes were 7th
place; Belinda Leung, 11th place; Maria Peterson, 16th place Richard
Mills, Dan Wadleigh had a hit for his prize and then a special thanks to
our two great judges E. Clay Buchanan
and Paul Murphy.
had about 10 guests watching the tournament.
A big thanks to everyone for making this a successful
from the Oct 2, 2003 Foothill
has been awhile since I posted pictures from one of our recent practices
College so here are
pictures from our October practice where we shot at the deer Hanamato.
The Hanamato was solidly hit by Alex as you can see from the pictures.
The group shot where people are holding up pictures is a way of saying
hello to Oren and Yael who sent us pictures of the new baby which we
shared with the whole dojo.
can see the thumbnails for the pictures by Clicking here
First Preparation Meeting of the ĎKokusai KyurenĀE/B>
is a very rough translation of the first page of a two page article just
published in the Kyudo Magazine which reports on the first meeting of the
committee responsible for forming what we have been calling the
International Kyudo Federation. Instead of a detailed translation I
thought it would be better to quickly summarize the first page and let everyone
know of the existence of the article as events seem to be moving quickly
pages 4 and 5 of the November 2003 edition of the ANKF Kyudo Magazine.
First Preparation Meeting of the ĎKokusai KyurenĀE
Mitsunari, hanshi, vice president of the ANKF
first meeting was held on October 6th and 7th in Tokyo. The above members discussed
preliminary plans and rules for the kokusai kyuren structure. The
preliminary plans are:
The name of the federation will be the koukusai kyudo renmei (abbr.
2) The nature of the organization will be a nonpolitical group of kyudo
enthusiasts that will not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion
or other beliefs.
3) The office will be located in Tokyo.
4) The officers will be composed of mainly Japanese with some officers
from foreign countries.
5) Divisions will be established such as; General meetings, board of
directors, and committee meetings.
on this preliminary plan the committee members will have another meeting
which will include foreign officers to exchange opinions. They hope to
have a definite plan by next Spring.
Size Images for the 2003 American Seminar on the Web
a few requests for individual pictures from the Kyudo USA 2003 Seminar in
I have decided to post the full size images on the web. The previously
published pictures on my web page are actually cut down images; about 25%
smaller than the full size images that came out of the camera. Those of
you wanting the full size images so you can print your own pictures or
resize them with your own software, can reach
the images on a server in Kentucky.
I kept the filenames the same as the thumbnail images on this web page.
The thumbnails are divided by seminar day: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
the full size images, also divided by day, are here:
image is about 260k bytes but for those with a broadband internet
connection you could download the whole directory in under an hour.
DeProspero sensei's Article Published in the ANKF Kyudo Magazine
DeProspero sensei, President of the American Kyudo Federation, was
requested by the ANKF to write an article for the monthly Kyudo magazine
giving the American opinion on the formation of an International Kyudo
Federation. After soliciting input from AKF leaders, teachers and
interested parties his article was published. This was the first time the
AKR was asked as an organization to give its input on the proposed
International Kyudo Federation and it makes for very interesting reading.
You can read the original English text for the article by clicking here!
Bhutanese Archery at Golden
Hartman sensei passed along this notice of a demonstration of traditional
Bhutanese archery to be held at San Francisco's
Park 9/28/2003. The
web page says a bamboo bow will be constructed at the Asian Art Museum
the day before. Looks like a great chance for people to see a traditional
archery demonstration in a beautiful setting. Unfortunately I'll be out
of state at the time but if someone wants to write a report of the
demonstration I would be happy to post it. Pictures would be especially
To go to the announcement web site just click here!
Kaishinan Dojo Opens in Kentucky!
attending Kyudo USA 2003 seminar in South Carolina,
Yoshiko and E.Clay Buchanan drove to Kentucky to perform a dojo biraki
(opening ceremony) for the Kaishinan dojo. Kaishinan means "The hut
of the open mind". It also means the hut of the open walls too as
you can see from the pictures but make no mistake about it, this was a real dojo biraki that we've both been
looking forward to for three years now. Yoshiko (looking resplendent in
yellow garden clogs and white T-shirt) certainly had a dojobiraki mindset
when she struck the target with her first two arrows.
The dojo manager managed
to hit a few arrows himself, although there were a few azuchi
To view all the pictures click here.
Intensive At The KarmĀEChŲling Shambalha Buddhist
KarmĀEChŲling Shambalha Buddhist Meditation Center in northeast Vermont recently
hosted a kyudo intensive by Shibata Kanjuro sensei. There is a nice photo
essay you can see clicking
here and you can even see video(!) by clicking here
but the large size of the video files practically requires a fast
internet connection to view them. Kudos to Mr. Paul Fox who appears to
have designed the very pretty photo essay.
Kyudo USA 2003 notes
(of many) unfinished things I need to do for the 2003 seminar is to draw
up a clear set of notes on the lecture Shibata sensei opened the third
day with. The whiteboard with his original diagrams was erased halfway
through the lecture and another picture drawn. Fortunately I have both
versions of whiteboard in pictures:
But I was taking still pictures and didn't have time to write down the
lecture! So, if some kind soul would send me their notes about exactly
what the diagrams represent I can post them and everyone can see the
diagrams AND the notes about what they mean.
of notes, I'm writing up all the quick notes I took during the seminar
and I'll post them soon. I'll be happy to add anyone else's notes if they
email them to me. I think this would be helpful for everyone, even those
who went to the seminar since this was the first seminar where each
teacher stayed with their group all three days. I admit to being
impressed when I overheard Iishi sensei telling the mudans and shodans
which arrow to use when they are involved in one arrow tournament
USA 2003 pictures uploaded, all others deleted!
had to remove all the other pictures on the web page to stay under the 20
meg limit of my web host but I finally managed to do it. Here are all my
pictures from Kyudo USA 2003 in South
These pictures have been reduced in quality from the originals to save
space. If you want the originals just email me and I'll send you a CD
with all of them.
2003 American Kyudo Seminar is Over!
boy do I have news! America
has a new renshi! Congratulations to Mr. Steve Scott of the Northern
California Kyudo Federation in passing his renshi test in South Carolina!
I'll create a web page with pictures from the seminar soon. For now here
is the complete list of ranks awarded at the seminar:
Brian Blackwell, SCKR (South Carolina Kyudo Renmei)
Ann Gavhn, NCKR (North Carolina Kyudo Renmei)
Sara Ann Cortina, NCKR
Ariadne Schulz, Nanka (Southern California Kyudo Federation)
Jennifer Levy, GKR (Georgia Kyudo Renmei)
Elmar Schmeisser, NCKR
Hiroyuki Fujita, NCKF (Northern California Kyudo Federation)
Martin Meichner, NCKR
Michael DeProspero, NCKR
Jeffery Hite, NCKR
Brian Wall, NCKR
Ernest Lissabet, NCKR
David Allwright, SCKR
George Nakashima, Nanka
Mattie Warlick, SCKR
Aaron Fay, Nanka
Kurtis Nakamura, Nanka
Daniel Kim, GKR
Charles Huff, SCKR
Reede Cooley, SCKR
Maureen Reed, SCKR
Steve Scott, NCKF (woo hoo!)
you want to see how to pass the second half of a renshi test then click
Takeda Horse Archery
School has an
English web page!
wonders never cease. Mr. Stephen Selby of the
most excellent Asian Traditional Archery Network web page ( http://www.atarn.org
) informed me of the existence of an English language web page for the
Takeda horse archery school in Japan. I very much commend
the Takeda school for making such information available to English
can see the page by clicking here: http://www.yabusame.jp/english/index.html
American seminar instructors announced.
kind reader alerted me that the South Carolina Kyudo Federation's web
page had started scrolling the names of the three instructors for this years American seminar. Only the names were given:
on this information, and a little reading of the ANKF's kyudo directory,
I have a high degree of confidence that the three instructors are:
sensei, Hanshi 8th dan, from Ibaraki Ken. Shibata sensei has been an
instructor at a previous American seminar and is a well known instructor
His clear and logical explanations in response to technical questions
about shooting technique are very popular along with demonstrations of
his flawless bow grip.
sensei, Hanshi 8th dan, from Tokyo's
Dai-san Chiren. Makatsuka sensei has been an instructor at European
seminars but I believe this will be his first American seminar.
sensei, Hanshi 8th dan. Ishii sensei was promoted to hanshi in May of
2003 which would make him the junior instructor of the three. However,
those of you with access to the March 2003 kyudo magazine can look at his
pictures starting on page 4. He had just won the All Japan Men's
Championship and the pictures show him in daisan, kai and zanshin. The
article cites Shishime sensei, Hanshi 10th dan, and Osawa sensei, Hanshi
10th dan, giving a critique of what they said was his excellent
performance. As a side note, the kyudo directory lists his occupation as
a tatami maker if I read it correctly.
usual warnings apply here. Only the names are official. Everything else
Yoshiko and I are assuming based on our knowledge of active instructors
We could certainly be wrong about the identity of an instructor but we
feel confident we have identified the right individuals. Clearly this is
a seminar you want to bring your camera and videocamera to!
Kyudo Federation is being planned!
alert reader spotted this headline news item from the kyodo news service.
The article is in Japanese but it says that the All Nippon Kyudo
Federation is leaning in the direction of forming an International Kyudo
Federation in 2005 with an international tournament in Japan to follow in 2006. You
can see the Japanese article by clicking here: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20030612-00000197-kyodo-spo
Earl Hartman sensei of the Seishinkan Dojo was kind enough to provide a
translation of the points of interest of the article:
ANKF intends to form an international kyudo federation in 2005.
They plan to hold an international tournament in 2006.
They will launch a preparatory committee in October of this year.
The motive appears to be the fact that the Japanese Physical Education
Association and various corporations are leaning towards ceasing to
support sports (the word "kyougi" is used here) that do not
hold international competitions, and so the ANKF does not want to be left
wag in Japan
has proposed a name of the "International All Nippon Kyudo
Earl Hartman sensei also pointed out these hightlights from this month's
(June I think) issue of the ANKF kyudo magazine:
relation to this, the most recent issue of the Kyudo magazine announces
that the International federation will be established in the spring of
the 17th year of Heisei, which is in 2005. This was apparently decided at
a meeting held on 6/11 of this year.
2003, 4th of July Tournament Pictures
Shiseikan Dojo held it's annual July 4th shooting on June 28th this year.
The dojo only tournament gives members a chance to practice not only
their shooting skills but also their tournament organizing skills to
prepare for the open tournament held in the fall of each year where
several dojos are invited to participate. As in past years the dojo
members were divided up into two teams: the Stars and the Stripes. But
unlike previous years were members were not divided into two groups based
on dan rankings. Keeping track of who was san dan and above or below
always added an extra burden at the end of the tournament as scoring and ranking
the two groups was an administrative headache. This year another approach
was tried to hand out prizes for individual scores. Individual prizes
were given out to 1st, 4th, 7th and 9th place. This order was decided
before the tournament started so although it was pretty clear who was in
first place, absolutely no one had a clue who was in 4th, 7th or 9th
which added a good deal of fun to the results. The targets were two color
stars on a red background with points given depending on which star was hit
or just 7 points given for hitting any red background area.
it turned out, there was a tie for 7th place and 9th place and a closest
to the center shootoff was held. The 4th place winning shot was a very
solid hit on the target which is quite an accomplishment considering it
was made by Aileen Chung from Los
Angeles. Aileen attends college and practices
archery in Southern California but is
home for the summer and has been practicing with the Shiseikan dojo for a
few weeks. Aileen had never practiced a 5 person test style sequence and
had never tried a 4 arrow standing tournament form either. Clearly she is
a fast learner! Congratulations to the winners and the organizers.
can see the pictures by clicking here!
of Foreign Tournament Winners at Miyakonojo
Sasaki forwarded to me an email from Laurence Baumet-Oriou Sensei of France.
Mrs. Oriou recorded the winners of the 2003 Miyakonojo International
Tournament. Mrs. Oriou's husband took third place! Here are the winners
in the mens and womens catagories:
The name of the winners :
1st place for Mr Johannes Maringer, number 1058, from Germany,
2nd place for Mr Thomas Muller, number 1052, from Germany,
3rd place for Mr Charles-Louis Oriou (my husband), number 1085, from France.
1st place for Ms Catherine Desqueyroux, number 2053, from France,
2nd place for Ms Victoria Berger, number 2024, from Germany,
3rd place for Ms Renate Lieflander, number 2023, from Germany.
these tournament details come from Ed Symmes Sensei of Georgia:
All, Several people have asked me about the Miyakonojo Tournament
results. This is my tally from the participant sheets, so it is
unofficial, but maybe a little help.
the Men's division, there was a two way tie for first with 7 hits each
between Thomas Muller and Johannes Maringer, both from Germany. Charles Louis Oriou
had 6 hits to come in 3rd. There were two people with 5 hits, both also
Jochen Trampert and Ekkehart Weier. The top Americans had 4 hits, Steve
Scott and Ed Symmes. Next were Russ Levitt and Thomas Hua-le Lee, both
with three hits.
the Women's division, Catherine Desqueyroux was the winner with 5 hits.
Then there was a 6 way tie for second with 4 hits. They included Miyono
Kato Hendrix and Junko Kurita from USA. After the shoot out,
Miyono Kato Hendrix placed 4th internationally, which made her 1st in the
American group, Junko Kurita second and tied for third with 3 hits,
Takako Matsui Swain and Yoshiko Hayakawa Buchanan.
apologize if this report contains any inaccuracies. If you find any,
please let me know right away.
was a total of 32 Americans registered for the competition. 10 of those
registered did not participate. The total numer of people registered who
did not participate from all of the other countries combined was 9.
hope that this has been some help.
in Kyudo, Ed Symmes
Kyudo Renmei webpage
>This email is to let you know we have a new web page address for the
>Indiana Kyudo renmei.
>The new address is
>Please update your browsers and bookmarks.
>Russ Levitt, Correspondence Secretary, IKR
from the NCKF 2003 Taihai Seminar
uploaded some random pictures from the recent NCKF 2003 Taihai Seminar.
You can see the pictures by Clicking
on the All Nippon Kyudo Federation
All Nippon Kyudo Web page is getting fancier! You can see it by clicking
but what caught my eye was this page
giving the names of those archers promoted by recommendation of their
local federations and subsequently approved by the ANKF. At the end of
this list are three names promoted by recommendation of the ANKF president
himself and all three names are of overseas archers:
Philip.N.Swain, 5th dan
Feliks.F.Hoff, 6th dan
Placido.L.Procesi, 4th dan
to everyone on their promotions!
European Kyudo Federation info via the German Kyudo Federation
Thomas Baer, President of the German Kyudo Federation kindly emailed me
the official URL of the DKB (Deutscher Kyudo Bund) which you can reach by
Mr. Baer also indicated that the DKB hopes to reach a membership total of
1000(!) by year end. I have updated my old, outdated European Kyudo
Federation links by referring visitors to the link section on the DKB web
page which can be found by clicking here:
page for Mr. Charles Harper
Charles Harper was kind enough to send me the URL of his kyudo web page.
Please feel free to visit: http://ca.geocities.com/stelgidopteryx/
pictures are showing up. Shiseikan dojo member Belinda Leung gave me a CD
with pictures that I've uploaded here!
National Seminar deadline is approaching
deadline for the American national seminar is approaching. Here are some
links to the needed documents. Contact your federation president to
arrange for his signature if you haven't already:
is the seminar application document itself in Microsoft Word Format:
up are the URL's for the South Carolina Kyudo Renmei web page and seminar
I have added three files to the translations folder which give three
examples of how to correctly fill out an English language test
application form. The examples were created for the 1998 seminar in San Jose, California,
but only minor changes would be needed for the current seminar. I created
three example students: one testing for the first time ever (mushitei),
one testing for san dan, and one testing for renshi. The examples were
very carefully created using actual dates of American seminars, overseas
seminars, and taking actual experiences from American archers to create
these three virtual kyudo students.
HIGHLY encourage you to download all three examples in zip compressed
file format as the zip file is only 91K. The individual files are huge,
for example the mushitei example is over 2 meg. The reason for the large
size files is because I created actual images of the English test
application form in Microsoft Word format so the document looks like an
actual test application form. Then each example has an extra note page
talking about things the student should be doing that may not be on the
test application form itself.
is the zip file (and this really is the one you want) containing all
here are the three seperate (and large) examples in uncompressed
Microsoft Word format:
MUSHITEI EXAMINATION APPLICATION FORM.doc
SAN DAN EXAMINATION APPLICATION FORM.doc
RENSHI EXAMINATION APPLICATION FORM.doc
finally, here is a direct link to the example written test questions that
Yoshiko has translated from the Kyudo magazine over the years. This file
gets VERY popular around this time. :)
you in South Carolina!
of American Kyudo Renmei members promoted in Miyakonojo
president, Steve Scott, has just forwarded an email to me listing all the
AKR members who passed their promotion exams in Miyakonojo, Japan.
Here is the list; congratulations!
††† The following is a list of those from the AKR that passed in
Miyakonojo. I† would like to thank Carly Born for gathering this
information for me. Any mistakes are mine alone.
†††† Aaron Blackwell
††† Theodore Macolm Triant NCKF
††† Mark May†††††††††††††† NCKF
††† Paul DeRosa† GKR
††† Synthia Topf IKR
†† Young Park†††† IKR
†† Marcus Bossett Nanka
†† Belinda Leung† NCKF
†† Russ Levitt†††††† IKR
†† Mori Motomasa† †††GKR
†† Masatsugu Owaki†† Nanka
†† Eric Kong†††††††† NCKF
†† Yuko Usami††††††† IKR
†† Eve Mori††††††††† GKR
†† Alexandra Connell NCKF
†† Douglas Sakurai†††† Nanka
†† Frank Matsuyama†††† Nanka
†† Miyono Kato Hrndrix GKR
†† Aaron Blackwell†††† SCKR
Adrian Hall announces a new dojo web page
Adrian Hall of the UK
has just informed me about a new kyudo web page for his dojo. The web page
is at http://www.heijoshin.com.
If you are going to Miyakonojo introduce yourself and say you heard about
his web page!
from the NCKF 2003 New Year's Tournament
pictures from the NCKF 2003 New Year's Tournament are in! The last set of
pictures of a single target need a bit of explaining. There are four
holes in this target (the 4th is hard to see because it is in the bottom
of the middle thin black target band). Those four holes are impressive.
Performing well in a tournament is always hard but performing well in a
shootoff is especially difficult. There were two ties in the final
standing: 3rd place in overall hits between Kevin Lo and Jon McAllister
and 3rd place in the "B" group between Ted Triant and Alex
Connell. In both shootoffs both contestents hit the target which was a
closest to the center competition. In both shootoffs the second shooter
was closer to the center than the first which made for the most exciting
shootoff we've ever had at an NCKF event. Congratulations to the winners
and especially the shootoff contestents for remaining cool under the
pressure of competition!
see the pictures by clicking here
from the Shiseikan 2002 Shukushakai (Congratulatory Shooting)
pictures from the Shiseikan 2002 Shukushakai are in! Since only Belinda
passed a promotion test during the year all the dojo members performed a
celebration shooting, shukusha, for her and then, Belinda performed a
toreisha (return thank you shooting) which also served as a nosha,
closing ceremonial shooting, for the session and the year. A bonnenkai
was then held at a local Japanese resturant.
You can see the pictures by clicking:
page for the All Nippon Kyudo
ANKF does have a web page! Many thanks to John Born for the info. The
English page is a contact list for oversea federations but the Japanese
page has useful information on it. And of course you can see the kanji on
the web page as I mentioned in an earlier note by using a portal page
like www.shadouka. You can see the English ANKF page by clicking here!
2002 Halloween Tournament pictures
pictures from the Shiseikan 2002 Halloween Tournament are in.
You can see them by clicking here
from the 2002 Horse Archery Festival in Ft. Dodge, Iowa
Stephen Selby's October 2002 newsletter on his Asian Traditional Archery
web site gives his experience at this year's horse archery training at Ft. Dodge, Iowa.
If you haven't been to Mr. Selby's site in a while this is a good reason
to go now.
Just click here:
this a hit or miss? An arrow breaks the surface of the target but goes
outside the circle of the target?
here for photo 1
here for photo 2
According to "KYUDO RULES OF COMPETITION" of the ANKF, section
36, hit rule #6, which states "6. When the arrow has penetrated from
inside the circle of the target to the outside of the target frame"
it is a hit! Congratulations to Yoshiko Buchanan who fired this
2002 picture of the Hanamato winner
winner of the October hanamato shoot was Mrs. Takako Johnson who scraped
the deer's knee with her first shot!
You can see the picture by clicking
demonstration for Yu Wa Kai in Palo Alto, California
Saturday, September 28th, Yoshiko Buchanan, Rik
Center, Jon McAllister, and
E.Clay Buchanan did a short kyudo demonstration at the quarterly senior
lunch meeting of the YU WA KAI at the Palo Alto
in Palo Alto, California. In addition to the
demonstration an "experience kyudo class" was held with
voluenteers from the audience shooting gomu yumis. Since I was leading
the class I don't have pictures of the gomu yumi class but I do have a
few other pictures from the demo.
You can view the pictures by clicking
of the September 2002 Hanamato winner
September 2002 Hanamato winner was Mrs. Michiko Asai and here are the
pictures. The hanamato was made this month by Yoshiko Buchanan. You can
see the pictures by clicking
from the 2002 Pacific Women's Martial Arts Association camp
the Pacific Women's Martial Arts Association, held their annual 2002 camp
at the Mt. Madonna Yoga
Center this year
and the intrepid Shiseikan dojo members were there! Many thanks to
Belinda, Maria, Junko, and Alex who assisted Yoshiko in teaching three
"Experience Kyudo" classes over the weekend of September 7th
and 8th. Belinda took a LOT of pictures
and I've uploaded most of them to the old web page here. The Mt. Madonna facilities were excellent
with a nice gym that had a climbing wall on one side that was just dandy
for clipping cable into. A folded portable basketball hoop served as the
anchor for the other end of the net cable and presto! One wall of the gym
was turned into an archery practice area. While two other classes were
held on mat areas in the gym the kyudo classes could fire into the net.
Many thanks to the Pawma organizers for allowing so many assistents for
Yoshiko. Several assistents are needed for class sizes this large and to
keep the overall class flowing while individual students receive additional
help as needed.
are the pictures broken down into individual classes and general areas
associated with the weekend.
from Kyudo USA 2002
USA 2002 is over and I finally made it back to Califorina so here are the
pictures! Some are a little fuzzy but even the fuzzy ones evoke a memory
of the seminar so I uploaded all the ones I took. Note these are reduced
in quality to download faster. Anyone wanting the actual photo JPG from
the camera (600K to 800K bytes in size) just email me and I'll be glad to
send it. That way you'll have the best image to start from if you want a
hardcopy or you want to repost it somewhere. I've seperated the the pictures
into days 1 thru 3 of the seminar and day 4 which was only the
promotional test. Click on the following text to go to the thumbnail
index of images from that particular day:
from the Shiseikan July practice
took a few pictures at the last Shiseikan July practice. Last one before
the national seminar in South
Carolina (whoo hoo!). It was an open practice
with other NCKF dojos invited to the practice. Morning practice was 5
person test style with a little taihai thrown in. In the afternoon we
managed to practice mochimato sharei. Some of the pictures deserve
mention. There are several views of one target with four arrows in it by
Bill Tyler but Yoshiko Buchanan put one bull's eye in it also (her other
three made a nice line just below the target however). Cody Fisher hit
this month's hanamato target which was made by Belinda who is holding it
(Belinda looks so excited about it also!) And finally, we had a who-has-the-most-beat-up underglove contest. The
winner was so obvious that I felt compelled to take a picture of such an
amazing artifact. Everyone was in agreement that it should be donated to
the kyudo museum in the ANKF central dojo. To see the pictures click here
from the Shiseikan July 4th, 2002, Tournament
Shiseikan July 4th, 2002, Tournament was held on June 30th (since
everyone is going on vacation on July 4th!). Here are the pictures. Note
that the after tournament dinner was to partially celebrate Alex's
college graduation but she was too sick to attend the tournament and
dinner! She did come in the morning to deliver the decorations and other
score sheets. The tournament was organized by Cody and Alex and everyone
wanted to express their appreciation to both of them for such a great job
of organizing the tournament.
Maria Peterson want the overall point total (and the big trophy), while
Yoshiko managed to win both the kinteki shooting and this month's
hanamato shoot. Various awards were given for 1st place through 3rd place
in the mudan to sandan catagory and the yondan and up catagory along with
team prizes (there were two teams: The Stars and The Stripes). You can
see the pictures by clicking here!
from the April, 2002, Shiseikan Open Practice
can see the pictures by clicking
from the Shiseikan Hanamatsuri open practice
The pictures from the Shiseikan Hanamatsuri open practice on March 16th,
2002. Shomen was decorated with a traditional Girl's day display and
Junko Kurita made an adorable Hanamatsuri mato which Bill Tyler hit.
Junko herself was sick with a cold so I took a picture of her sitting at
the target judges table looking like she really wanted to participate.
You can see the pictures by clicking
from the NCKF 2002 Taihai Seminar
here are the pictures I took at the NCKF Taihai seminar on May 19, 2002,
College. You can
see the pictures by clicking
from the Shiseikan 2002 Easter practice
getting caught up (slowly)! Here are a few shots from Shiseikan's Easter
practice. It shows our new student, Ted, praticing with a gomu-yumi, Jon
McAllister holding out a box for me to draw a number from (I have no idea
why I took that picture), and nice shots of the very cute Hanamato Belinda
made. Maria Peterson hit the target and I managed to take a nice shot of
her except for the reflections off her glasses. I'm still learning how to
use the digital camera but I'm getting better.
You can see the pictures by clicking
from the NCKF 2002 New Year's Tournament.
The pictures from the NCKF New Year's Tournament. Gee, that only took
almost half the year! You can see the thumbnails by clicking
1st Place: Steve Scott - 10 hits
2nd Place: Earl Hartman - 8 hits
3rd Place: Takako Johnson - 7 hits
1st Place - 19 hits + 1 tie
2nd Place - 19 hits
3rd Place - 17 hits + 1 tie
Note: Junko san was
the only participant during the tournament to
score four hits in a
row with a group of four arrows fired tournament
style.† Congratulations!† We all know how hard it is to hit that
fourth arrow when you've hit
the previous three!
from the 2002 European Kyudo Federation seminar
Feliks Hoff of Germany
kindly emailed me these pictures of the recent EKF Taikai. You can see
the thumbnails by clicking here.
Click on any thumbnail to see the larger picture. They average about 110K
selected for the 2002 American National Seminar
Blackwell sensei recently emailed this list of the instructors expected
for the upcoming national seminar in South Carolina:
call for kyudo video in digital format
Stephen Selby, owner of the excellent Asian Traditional Archery Research
Network website: www.atarn.org, is asking for digital images of
traditional asian archery recorded on high quality 3-CCD digital
videocamera format to use in an exhibition in Hong
Kong. I thought I would use this occasion to get the word
out about his request and also to remind people interested in traditional
asian archery about his excellent webpage http://www.atarn.org
which deserves regular visits.