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Kyudo (Japanese Archery)

Kyudo

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, setting priority on technique and skill for hitting the target.

In modern Kyudo, the bow no more 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 the 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 classes with full instruction are held once a week on Saturday. Monday night classes are voluntary, free practices. Formal instruction will not be given. Introductory sessions for beginners will be held at intervals; students completeing 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 information.

Sensei: Mie Takahashi, Renshi 5th Dan; Yukiko Itokawa, 4th Dan.

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Schedule

Day Time Age Level
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.

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