Once one of the traditional martial arts of Japanese warriors (samurai), the bow increasingly lost its military significance when firearms were introduced in the 16th century. During the long peacetime of the Edo period (1603-1868) archery based on technical skills (kyu-jutsu) became a major spiritual exercise of the samurai, the "way of the bow" KYU DO (KYU = bow, DO = way).
The simple elegance of the movement, the beauty of the bow and the arrows and the dignity of the shooter exert a great fascination for many people.
From the outside, Kyudo just seems to be just archery. Tightening the bow and then aiming at a target resembles a skill exercise, but Kyudo is not a sport.
The technical process (the "Seven Coordinations") can be learned in a few weeks. The increasing mastery of form, its deepening and refinement into art, opens up an exciting and exciting development of one's own personality over the years. Over time, you learn mindfulness, concentration and achieve inner peace.
In our dojos Kyudo is practiced at the school "Heki-ryu Bischu Chikurin-ha" according to the teachings of the family Shibata from Kyoto / Japan.
Kyudo can equally be practiced by women and men from about eight years and without age limit. Physical strength is irrelevant to the exercise.