What is Kyudo ?

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Saïto Tomoji Senseï at the Falaise Verte Centre

‘One should then consider kyudo not merely as handling a bow and arrow but as meditation, a long path leading to maturing, ripening and heightening your consciousness. Practicing a martial art or any discipline is of no particular interest in my opinion if it does not have any impact on everyday life. Following a Way solely to acquire a skill and to improve it as months and years go by, while its practice fails to bring any changes in one’s daily life, does not make much sense to me. The effort produced to master an art, a discipline — Kyudo in this instance — must also provide an opportunity to change the spirit in which we engage with our everyday actions in order to do so as a free being.’
(From Taïkan Jyoji, 2013. Kyudo, Tir à l’arc zen. Le courrier du livre edition)

 

 

 


Kyudo at the Falaise Verte Centre

Kyudo, the ‘Way of the Bow’, also referred to as ‘Standing Zen’, is considered one of the noblest martial arts in Japan. The purpose of kyudo is to go beyond self, target and bow in order to gain access to one’s true nature. As you apply yourself to the eight stages of shooting (Jap. hassetsu), through careful breathing and focus on the hara, new possibilities will open up for becoming truly free, controlling your self and your energies.

Kyudojo of the Direct Mind

With its 140m² shajo and sliding glass doors on one side opening onto a yamichi with targets at a traditional 28m distance, the Dojo of the Direct Mind is unique in Europe for Kyudo practice. It was inaugurated in November 1988 by 60 Kyudo masters (men and women), who had travelled all the way from Japan with the then President of the Japanese Federation, Tomoji Saïto Senseï, as well as about 30 European kyudokas.