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Kyudo (Japanese Archery)
Kyudo literally means “the Way of the Bow” and is the Japanese martial art of archery. Until the 15th century the bow and arrow were the primary weapons of the samurai. Historically there were two main lineages, archery on foot which focused on ceremonial tradition emphasizing ritual and etiquette and mounted archery, the warrior style, which put priority on technique and accuracy at hitting the target.
In modern Kyudo, the bow no longer serves as an implement of war, rather it is used as a means for self-development, and moral and spiritual growth. Kyudo is often described as “standing meditation”. The student of Kyudo learns to control breathing and the mind, not becoming oblivious to his surroundings, but rather becoming acutely aware of them. This teaches the practitioner to react calmly and resolutely to his environment.
Regular Kyudo practices with instruction are held once a week on Saturday. Monday night classes are voluntary, open practices (formal instruction will not be given). Introductory sessions for beginners will be held at intervals; students completing the introductory session will be streamed in to the regular program. All necessary basic equipment is provided by the JCCC. Please contact the JCCC for further details.
Sensei: Mie Takahashi, Renshi 5th Dan
|Saturday||11:30am-2:00pm||16 and over||General|
|Monday||9:00 - 10:20pm||16 and over||General|
Students without prior experience must complete a 15-week Introductory Course for Beginners in order to be accepted in the regular program. Please contact the JCCC for details about the next Introductory Session.
Students with prior experience please inquire with JCCC.