What is Kyudo 

Kyudo is the Japanese Martial art of Archery. 

Like in all of the Japanese Martial Arts practitioners of Kyudo wear traditional Japanese attire called Keiko Gi (Training uniform) or Kimono (Formal Japanese clothing). 

Practitioners of Kyudo use traditional Japanese archery equipment with the Yumi (Bow), ya (Arrows) and Gake (Shooting Glove) making this form of archer rather unique.

Why Kyudo

The purpose of present day Kyudo is to enjoy and to enrich our daily life. For practitioners, it is not only a way to train the body but an ideal way to train the mind as well. For others, it is a good way to stay fit and to acquire high spirituality at the same time.


Kyudo is not like any other sport. Your opponent is not another person, the opponent is yourself, your thoughts and the target, 


Kyudo can be enjoy by yourself. It can be practiced by men or women of all ages as each individual can use a bow that is just right in size and strength. Furthermore, it is possible to practice in any weather condition and there is no specified rule on how long or when one should practice.


Kyudo Principals

Truth (Shin)

Practitioners constantly strive for pure and right-minded shooting. This requires a pure mind and heart, Sei sha hitchu (A true shot never misses) can be seen as a metaphor for the principle of truth in kyudo.

Goodness (Zen)

In the practice of kyudo we strive for such qualities as courtesy, compassion and non-aggression. We seek to display these qualities in all situations, even outside our kyudo practice. Rei, our rules for etiquette surrounding our training and forms, help us to show common courtesy and respect for others, and is an essential element in kyudo practice.

Beauty (Bi)

We constantly try to strive for an aesthetic awareness in everything we do. The archers attire, look and shape of the equipment used and a simple sense of order are all part of this aesthetic. Furthermore, it is said that if we surrender to the ancient kyudo principles of practice (Shaho), our true nature will be allowed to emerge by removing our own ego and all other negative aspects of the human condition. 

 "Polish your mind and cut your own ego for this is a challenge that never stops, never ends"