An introduction to Kyudo & an opportunity for more experienced archers to practice indoor long distance shooting.
Saturday Workshop/Practice: 1pm – 5pm, followed by group dinner
Sunday Workshop/Practice: 10am – 5pm, lunch included
In historic times, the Japanese archer was considered the elite of the warrior class. The Japanese bow (yumi) was constructed to reliably perform accurate shots on a battlefield over great distances. The use of yumi in battle eventually became obsolete and this military archery technique (Kyūjutsu) was adapted into a method of standing meditation. The emphasis of aiming at a target is non-existent in modern forms of Japanese archery now referred to as Kyūdo, meaning the way or profound method of the bow.
Zen masters and meditation gurus have written many essays about philosophically searching for the “perfect” shot. It compels questions about the necessary state of mind, proper alignment of the body, and how one will detect the “perfect” shot, if it ever happens?
The Shuuko Hampshire Kyudojo invites you to participate in the first steps of this journey over a weekend of beginner’s instruction and training of introductory skills. More experienced students will have the chance to practice their alignment over long distance shooting, hitote and tsukubai, and etiquette on the platform (shajo). On Saturday, we will focus on the makiwara and distance shooting forms in the South Lounge of the Robert Crown Center. On Sunday, we will move to the gymnasium for long-distance shooting.
Shuuko class equipment will be available to use. No purchase of Kyudo equipment is necessary.
No lunch will be provided on Saturday, but a group dinner on Saturday night will be coordinated that day. Lunch on Sunday will be catered by our local, delicious Mexican cantina and their taco truck! Hot tea, water, fruit, and light snacks will be available during the event. Feel free to bring your own snacks and refreshments, too.
As Hampshire College is in session, we cannot occupy the dorms. Overnight participants are responsible for coordinating their own lodging.
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