"Kyudo is not just about drawing the bow and the shichido, seven coordinations are not all that are being asked of you. Rather, within this practice, to acquire a good heart, and to achieve dignity in one's shooting is what is sought."
— Kanjuro Shibata XX

Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of the oldest arts in the Japanese tradition of contemplative warriorship. Working with the precision of the form, a natural process gradually unfolds in which the practitioner has the opportunity to see his or her mind at the moment of the arrow's release. This distinguishes Kyudo from sports archery where competition to hit the target is the goal. Kyudo is a long-term discipline of synchronizing body and mind to ultimately connect with one's warrior heart.

For every student, the Kyudo experience carries its own special meaning. Some encounter their fear of confrontation, others, the difficulty in letting go. For many, Kyudo is a way of relieving stress by quieting their mind as they focus completely on the meditative process of shooting the "ya" or arrow. Zen Archery is a way to polish the mind and manifest natural dignity.

We offer regular weekly Kyudo classes in meditation, equipment care and several elaborate archery forms. They are taught in a simple and thoughtful way to ensure that the student will become adept in the Kyudo forms and well-grounded in the principles from which they derive.