Kyudo: The Way of the Bow
Free Kyudo Demonstration
Friday, October 16, 6-7pm
“First Shot” Workshop
Saturday, October 17, 9am-4pm
Kyudo means “the way of the bow” and is an ancient form of Japanese archery. It is also a meditation practice, often referred to as “Zen Archery.” Practicing kyudo involves focusing one’s attention and calming one’s mind for the precise drawing of the bow and release of the arrow. It is a path to opening one’s heart and mind to the natural dignity of being human, beyond the obstacles of ambition, doubt, and loneliness. Hitting the target is not considered important.
“You do not practice kyudo to polish your form. You practice kyudo to polish your heart.” —Kanjuro Sendai
Those interested in learning kyudo can sign up for the “First Shot” Workshop, a daylong practice to be held on Saturday, October 17, 9am-4pm. “First Shot” gives the beginner an opportunity to practice the Seven Coordinations (Shichido), the basic form of kyudo as meditation. A portion of the proceeds from the “First Shot” Workshop will go to the Aya Itagaki Scholarship Fund at AVA. Adults and older teenagers are welcome to participate.
A Kyudo demonstration to introduce the “First Shot” Workshop will be offered on Friday, October 16, from 6-7pm. The Kyudo demonstration is free and open to the public.
Instructor: Ray Chin is the instructor of a small group of kyudokas who practice regularly in Thetford, VT. He was a student of Kanjuro Shibata Sendai, a bow maker and kyudo master whose lineage spanned 20 generations of master bow makers. Shibata Sendai died in October 2013.