Class Schedule/Enrollment Info

Shuuko offers both introductory and intermediate level classes every Spring and Fall semester according to the Hampshire College academic calendar. All equipment is provided. Wear suitable clothing that permits freedom of movement. Optional personal uniforms (hakama, keikogi, obi) are available to purchase. Click a tab below to learn more about our classes. If you have any questions, contact us at info@shuuko.org.

Introductory Classes run on Mondays and Wednesdays, September 5th through December 12th, from 3pm to 4:30pm.

  • Class meets in the South Lounge of the Robert Crown Center (gymnasium) at Hampshire College.
  • This class is intended for those new to kyudo. All equipment will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement.
  • Beginner classes are conducted on the basis of the Hampshire College academic calendar. 

 

Intermediate/Advanced Class
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm – 7:30pm in the South Lounge, September 6th through December 13th.

  • Class meets in the South Lounge of the Robert Crown Center (gymnasium) at Hampshire College.
  • This class is appropriate for you if you have completed First Shot training or an Introductory Kyudo class. Equipment is available for use.
  • Contact info@shuuko.org for more details or to let us know if you’re joining in.

Students enrolled at Hampshire College, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and UMass Amherst may enroll in kyudo courses for academic credit.

Non-college students (“community members”–those not enrolled at Hampshire, Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, or UMass Amherst) are welcome to audit the courses and practice with us.

  • The course fee for two classes per week is $125 per semester.

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

When and Where Does Class Meet?

  • TheIntermediate/Advanced Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30pm. Community members (non-college-students) can become eligible to join the Intermediate Class by completing any First Shot program.

  • The Introductory Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30pm.

Updates to the schedules will be listed on this website and on our Facebook page.

Class meets in the Robert Crown Center (the RCC), Hampshire College's athletic facility. Weather permitting, we may also practice outside the RCC.

 

How Much Does it Cost?

$125 for two classes per week (Community Members: please disregard the $600 fee listed on the course enrollment form--it does not apply to you!). The course fee includes all equipment and personalized instruction.

 

Who Can Enroll?

The Intermediate class is appropriate for anyone who has completed First Shot training or an Introductory Kyudo class. The Introductory Kyudo class is designed for those who are new to Kyudo.

 

How Do I Enroll?

Bring the Liability Waiver, either the Introductory Enrollment Form or the Intermediate/Advanced Enrollment Form, and a check for $125 payable to Trustees of Hampshire College with you to a class session. (Please Note: the linked form indicates only "Advanced Kyudo" but applies to the "Intermediate" level class as well.)  Samuel Kanner, Shuuko's instructor, will guide you through any questions on the paperwork and file it with Hampshire College on your behalf.

 

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 in the South Lounge and 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?

Intermediate Kyudo classes meet throughout the year, including the summer. You are welcome to enroll and continue your practice! Contact info@shuuko.org for more details.

 

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