Taïkan Jyoji organizes and leads two kyudo seminars a year:
- the Winter Seminar in February (Kanchûgeiko)
- the Summer Seminar in July (Shochûgeiko)
The kyudo seminars are open to all, beginners or experienced practitioners, men and women alike, of all ages.
Beginners can also apply for an intense summer training course run by the French Federation of Traditional Kyudo: Beginners FKT Seminar.
Run by FKT Fédération de Kyudo Traditionnel, this seminar takes place every August. For many years, umpteen new passionate kyudokas have made their first steps into the practice on this occasion.
Aim of the seminar: One week to shoot the target !
Inscriptions and information: please contact us or FKT.
- Winter Seminar: Saturday 24th February – Friday 2nd March
- Summer Seminar: Saturday 7th – Friday 13th July
- Beginners Seminar FKT: Saturday 11th – Friday 17th August (to be confirmed)
The seminars end around 1 pm, after lunch and some tidying.
Share of running costs :
|August FKT||330 + 150 (insurance and teachers)||150||330|
The deposit acts as registration fee and is due to be received by the Centre one week before the beginning of the seminar. The Centre accepts cash, cheques and bank transfers to ‘Association de Kyudo de la Falaise Verte’ (all in euros). In case of cancellation up to 72 h before the beginning of the seminar, the deposit can be used by the participant for one year towards another seminar.
The balance is due on arrival.
Once the seminar is payed, and in case of abandon, the Centre cannot refund the payment.
People under 26 years old have a 50/100 discount.
People in real difficult financial situation can ask Master Jyoji for a special discount.
Membership is required to take part in the events organised by the Centre. It is valid for one year from start date. It includes subscription to the magazine which is published by the Centre twice a year.
Visitors are invited to bring their own bedsheets, pillowcases and towels, as well as a torch. However, sheets and pillowcases can be rented out at a cost of 10 € / stay.
- Hassetsu : learning and practice of the eight stages of the shooting
- Makiwara : close-range shooting on straw butt
- Kinteki : traditional shooting on target at 28m
- Kokyu : harmonisation of breathing and movements of the shooting
- Taihai : basic positions and movements
There is practice in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening.
In the spirit of the correct movement, participants are invited to practise Hitsuzendô (calligraphy) and morning zazen (optional).
A brochure (‘Kyudo Hassetsu’) and a complete Kyudo glossary are available on request from the Centre.
Remarks about the Spirit of Kyudo – Taïkan Jyoji
‘The reason we call kyudo standing Zen or moving Zen is that kyudo provides an opportunity for introspection similar to that provided by Zen meditation. This discipline allows us to focus our gaze inward.
Kyudo is a meditative practice and a Way of realising oneself. Age, gender and physical strength are of no importance in the practice of Kyudo. It seems to me that all that one needs is two arms, two legs and a trunk.
The head is not really necessary, by which I mean what is inside it; since the use of the intellect is not required when shooting, the head is not needed.
We use one eye to aim, so no need for the head. The nose is not much use either… except for breathing.
The mouth is even more useless. Maybe one ear is necessary, though deafness need not be a major obstacle. To conclude, of the head only one eye and the left ear are of any use. At the time of the release, its quality can be gauged from the sound which the string makes when it hits the upper wooden part of the bow; it is called tsurune, ‘the sound of the string’.
As for speech, it does not matter either because in a Dojo, chatting is usually to be avoided or even forbidden, as it disturbs concentration and encourages the scattering of oneself. Practising kyudo is learning to focus, which is why we avoid any unnecessary conversation during training. Finally, having only one arm makes the practice of kyudo impossible.
The notion of the Way is difficult to understand for Westerners. The term ‘Way’ comes from the Japanese ‘Do’, which itself comes from the Chinese ‘Tao’, the philosophy of Yin and Yang. In Zen, the term ‘Way’ includes the meaning of mind or heart.
It is usually written with a capital ‘W’ because the Way in the Chinese and Japanese traditions leads to self-realisation. The term ‘Do’ which features in the name of all disciplines is a character made up of two parts: one meaning ‘head’, i.e referring to the notion of original principle, the other ‘foot’, i.e referring to a step, a progression.
All this implies a progression towards an origin. To practise in the spirit of the Way should lead to fulfilment.
However, it is not enough to apply oneself only to technique or to pay attention only to one’s equipment. We learn nothing when we pay attention solely to appearances. Shooting from the heart and soul, from the root of one’s being, is to express great sincerity. It’s in this way that we reach for our true nature, asleep within us, which yearns to blossom. The term ‘Do’ also means the Awakening.’