On Sunday, July 5, Byakko Kyudojo will be holding small practice groups in Somerville and Lincoln. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the best interest of our community, these practices are limited to dojo members only. Information about practice time is communicated each week to all members.
Byakko (White Tiger) Kyudojo was established by Kanjuro Shibata XX Sendai in 1981 as one of several kyudojos in the US, Canada, and Europe. The Boston area group practice at Shobu dojo in Somerville, MA and in Lincoln, MA
The practice of Kyudo is deceptively simple. Neither age, nor sex, nor physical strength has any significance. Beginners receive instruction in the basic form, the "Seven Coordinations" also known as Shishido. After the initial training, practice begins by shooting at a straw target only a yumi’s length away. When a degree of proficiency is attained, the practice expands to include “hitote” or long distance shooting at 28 meters.
Kyudo is traditional Japanese archery. The focus of the Kyudo practice is on cleaning the mind rather than on marksmanship. The target becomes a mirror reflecting the quality of one’s mind at the moment of the arrow’s release.
In Byakko we practice Heiki Ryu Bishu Chikurin Ha school of kyudo.
The Kyudo path begins with taking "First Shot", where the students will be familiarized with the equipment (bow, arrow, and glove) and shooting technique (seven coordination steps known as Shishido) before being able to release their first arrow. Taking the First Shot is a prerequisite to practice at Byakko kyudojo.
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