Zen Archery: A “First Shot” at Kyudo (F19)

Instructor: Ray Chin

Kyudo means "the way of the bow" and is an ancient form of Japanese archery.  It is also a meditation practice, and is often referred to as “Zen archery.”  Practicing kyudo involves focusing attention and calming one’s mind for precise drawing of the bow and releasing the arrow.  It is a path to opening one's heart and mind to the natural dignity of being human, against the obstacles of ambition, doubt, and fear. 

Anyone interested in learning kyudo can sign up for "First Shot," a daylong program that gives beginners an introduction to the Seven Coordinations (Shichido), the basic form of kyudo, as well as the meditation aspects.  "First Shot" is required before one can practice regularly with other kyudokas (practitioners). Older teens and Adults are welcome to participate.  

  • $90 regardless of membership.
  • Proceeds will go to the Aya Itagaki Scholarship Fund at AVA. 


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