What is Kyudo ?
‘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)
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.