Practice Schedule/Enrollment Info

The Shuuko Kyudojo at Hampshire College offers introductory and intermediate level instruction every Spring and Fall season in accordance with the Hampshire College academic calendar. All equipment and supplies are provided – no purchases of equipment to participate are necessary. Please wear suitable clothing that allows for full freedom of movement. Optional personal uniforms (hakama, keikogi, obi) are available to purchase. Click a tab below to learn more about our practice and categories of membership. If you have any questions, contact us at info@shuuko.org.

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Shuuko Practice
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays*, 6pm – 7:45pm in the dojo/studio room on the 2nd floor of the Robert Crown Center.

  • Practice meets in the dojo/studio room on the 2nd floor of the Robert Crown Center at Hampshire College.
  • *Thursday practices begin with seated meditation.
  • Practice seasons correspond with the academic calendar of Hampshire College.                                                                                                         Fall season = conventional fall semester.  Spring season = conventional spring semester.                                                                                         Please see our practice calendar in the drop down menu of the “Practice Schedule/Enrollment Info” tab.
  • We offer ongoing introductory First Shot training as well as practice for intermediate/advanced students. Dojo equipment is available for use.
  • We prefer not to offer single one-time visits for beginners outside of specific 2-day programs (when offered).  Our policy is the most respectful way to “try out” kyudo is through a committed and fully comprehensive 2-day First Shot program or through consistent instruction as a regular member for a minimum of one season.
  • For details on types of membership, please see the information in the other tabs or download our Shuuko Info Sheet.
  • Shuuko Membership/Liability Form download here.
  • Contact info@shuuko.org for more details or to let us know if you’re joining in.

Students with valid ID enrolled in the nearby consortium at Hampshire College, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and UMass Amherst are discounted for the student fee of $40.00 per season.
Students with vaild ID from any other institution are welcome and discounted as well.

Dues and fees stand for one season.  Dues are not pro-rated based on the time joined within the season.

Students will receive introductory First Shot training to certify they are eventually fit to fire live shots among the main practice group.

  • We prefer not to offer single one-time visits for beginners outside of specific 2-day programs (when offered).  Our policy is the most respectful way to “try out” kyudo is through a committed and fully comprehensive 2-day First Shot program or through consistent instruction as a regular member for a minimum of one season.

For details on membership and dues payment method, please see our Shuuko Info Sheet.

Download 2-page enrollment form

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

  • General Public members — those not currently enrolled as a student will receive introductory First Shot training to certify they are eventually fit to fire live shots among the main practice group.
  • Dues rate for full-time general public members is $60.00 per season.
  • Dues and fees stand for one season.  Dues are not pro-rated based on the time joined within the season.
  • Intermediate level members already with First Shot training may practice live shots right away.
  • Part-time members from afar/out-of-state are discounted $30.00 per season.
  • Individuals (“kids”) under the age of 18 may practice with us! We ask that they generally be of a height approximately greater than 4 feet.  We realize this is an unusual request but we assure you it has only to do with the size properties of the kyudo equipment and target stands as we do not possess equipment suitable for child sizes.
  • Kids under 18 years old are discounted $30.00 per season.
  • We prefer not to offer single one-time visits for beginners outside of specific 2-day programs (when offered).  Our policy is the most respectful way to “try out” kyudo is through a committed and fully comprehensive 2-day First Shot program or through consistent instruction as a regular member for a minimum of one season.
  • For details on membership and dues payment method, please see our Shuuko Info Sheet.
  • Download 2-page enrollment form

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

When and Where Does Class Meet?

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays*, 6pm - 7:45pm in the dojo/studio room on the 2nd floor of the Robert Crown Center.

  • *Thursday practices begin with seated meditation.

Updates to the schedules will be listed on this website in the drop down menu of the "Practice Schedule/Enrollment Info" tab.

Weather permitting, we may also practice outdoors!  Please note signs on the door of the dojo if you have not already joined us nearby outside.

Notices of closure due to inclement weather will be posted on the home page.

 

How Much Does it Cost?

Adult Rate:   $60.00

Student Rate (w/school ID):   $40.00

 Part-time*/Kids:  $30.00

Private Session:   Same corresponding rate for 60-minute sessions.

* Although we do not promote "part-time" attendance to practice, this rate is intended for out-of-state visitors or those from afar who cannot commute consistently to the dojo weekly or twice weekly.

 

Who Can Enroll?

Absolutely anyone!  For specific medical or health concerns, please see our clause in the bottom section of our Shuuko Membership/Liability Form.  We cannot act as doctors for you so if any concern exists, please get clearance from your personal physician.  We will do our part to provide as clear and comprehensive an idea of what physical aspects there are within the practice to leave for your assessment and for your report to your personal physician.

Individuals ("kids") under the age of 18 may practice with us! We ask that they generally be of a height approximately greater than 4 feet.  We realize this is an unusual request but we assure you it has only to do with the size properties of the kyudo equipment and target stands as we do not possess equipment suitable for child sizes.

 

How Do I Enroll?

Print double-sided (please be vigilant about your settings or be resourceful with your printer to produce the form double-sided - SAVE TREES!) and fill out the Shuuko Membership/Liability Form.  Please write legibly and bring with you in-person to practice and submit to the instructor, Samuel Kanner or senior member, Carrie Bergman along with your form of payment.  For details on forms of payment, please see our Shuuko Practice and Dues Info Sheet.
Membership and the ability to practice will not be confirmed until submission of forms AND payment in-person has been completed.

 

What Do I Need to Bring/Wear?

Wear comfortable, well-fitting clothes that allow freedom of movement. Tight jeans may not be conducive to the kneeling postures and shooting forms which we may practice. A traditional Kyudo uniform (keikogi top, hakama, obi) is welcomed and ideal, but not required. We can help you purchase a uniform if you so wish.

Otherwise, all equipment will be provided, though you are welcome to bring your own. Bring a bottle of water if you wish.

 

What Will We Do During Class?

After a brief opening meditation and preparing the equipment, we warm up at the makiwara (a blank target), usually by practicing Shichido, the basic shooting form taught during First Shot. We will introduce and review other shooting forms, such as Hitote and standing Hitote. We will shoot at longer distances within the length of the dojo and sometimes in the gymnasium. Makiwara practice may be held outside, weather permitting. We periodically discuss equipment care and maintenance. We close each class with a brief meditation and equipment pack-up.

 

How Can I Continue to Learn Kyudo?

Dojo practices run indefinitely each season.  We hope through the opportunity of consistent practice and guidance from the instructor(s) that different profound layers of the art will continue to reveal themselves to you. If you move away or relocate to a place where continued practice with us in Amherst, MA is unrealistic, please contact info@shuuko.org for locations of other Zenko kyudojos nearby or directly in your area.

 

If you have any other questions, contact us at info@shuuko.org.