Kyudo The way of the bow
The way of the bow, one of the oldest in Japan which goes back
to the Jimmu Emperor depicted holding a bow.
Associated with Shinto practices of a religious caractere it
has a mystical aspect.
Nowadays Kyudo is practiced by the Japanese masses and is often
found in high school and universities as well as many municipal
Its competitive aspect has led to a loss of its real goal in
the mind of many participants who see only the sport side of it
and loose the spiritual as well as physical benefits that can
be gain from a regular practice with personnal developpement in
The old war orientated styles of shooting have all but disappeared
and are seldom kept and only for demonstration purpose.
Despite all the above Kyudo is kept in the heart of many as
a way of life, a means of developping mind and body.
The serious disciple of the way will go slowly through the
various paces of learning without rushing to get personnal gain.
Often one is misled by readings and informations which are
no longer in their primary context, such as book which emphazise
first spirituality when form is the main concern for a beginner.
Outside of Japan study groups exist which are linked to the
Japanese Kyudo Federation.
Practice should become one's part of one's lifestyle.
Holder of a 5th rank instructor (renshi 5 dan) and living in
Japan I am avalaible for information and help for those interested
Don't hesitate to contact me and leave a message and I'll get
back to you asap.
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