Welcome to the homepage of the 
American Kyudo Renmei 
We are an organization devoted to the instruction and practice of Kyudo, the traditional Japanese archery.

We have a number of member organizations located at various locations across the United States.  
Please see AKR Member Federations tab for a list of our member organizations.
Please contact the local federation for information about local practice locations and times. Contact information for each federation is provided on their page.

AKR Seminar Sonoma 2016 has concluded

posted by Hunter Gott

Seminar attendees
We would like to thank all attendees and of course the volunteers that made the seminar possible!

Results of the Special Provisional Chuo Shinsa (New Zealand)

posted May 13, 2017, 8:30 PM by Hunter Gott   [ updated May 13, 2017, 8:37 PM ]

You can view the PDF report here.

Group photo of the 2016 Special International Seminar (Tokyo)

posted Feb 16, 2017, 12:55 PM by Haitham Shammaa

2017 Special International Seminar (Nagoya)

posted Feb 6, 2017, 8:31 PM by Haitham Shammaa

Stella Wakefield receives 2016 Andrew West Award

posted Dec 14, 2016, 1:04 PM by Haitham Shammaa   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 8:59 PM ]

The 2016 Andrew West Award was presented to Stella Wakefield, a new Kyudoka who was selected by the master instructor of the annual International Kyudo Federation Seminar in the Americas. The Hanshi selects an individual who most exemplifies the spirit of Kyudo, solely on personal example of embodying the principles of Shin, Zen, Bi in Kyudo Life. 

Andrew West's (December 8, 1971 to August 16, 1999) mother and father funds the award.  

Former recipients: 
  • 2001 - San Jose, CA : Martin McDonald 
  • 2002 - South Carolina :
  • 2003 - South Carolina : Mattie Warlock 
  • 2004 - Indiana : 
  • 2005 - Hayward, CA : 
  • 2006 - South Carolina : 
  • 2007 - No AKR Seminar
  • 2008 - Irvine, CA : Stella  Argentina
  • 2009 - South Carolina : Santiago Laguna 
  • 2010 - No AKR Seminar
  • 2011 - Minnesota : Patrick Suen 
  • 2012 - Davis CA : Shu Ito
  • 2013 - South Carolina : Sarah Macapagal
  • 2014 - No AKR Seminar
  • 2015 - South Carolina : Erika Alejandra Castillo Licea 
  • 2016 - Minnesota : Stella Wakefield (MNKR)

AKR Taikai Guidebook

posted Nov 11, 2016, 1:55 PM by Haitham Shammaa

Attached please find the American Kyudo Renmei Annual Competition Guidebook as compiled by the AKR Taikai Committee. Please use this guidebook to help plan and implement your renmei's taikais and report your results back to the Taikai Committee.

[Announcement] 2017 Seminar & Shinsa

posted Nov 3, 2016, 5:04 PM by Haitham Shammaa

The IKYF office has approved the requested 2017 American Seminar and Shinsa dates and location, and Sonoma State has reserved us for these dates:

Seminar: Wednesday July 19 - Friday July 21, 2017
Shinsa: Saturday July 22, 2017
Venue: Sonoma State University, Rhonert Park, CA USA

EKF Newsletter

posted Oct 26, 2016, 4:34 PM by Haitham Shammaa   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 4:35 PM ]

European Kyudo Federation newsletter is attached.

Message from AKR President

posted Sep 25, 2016, 4:28 PM by Haitham Shammaa   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 3:33 PM ]

October 2016

Dear Friends of the International Kyudo Community,

Autumn greetings from the American Kyudo Renmei. As incoming President of the AKR, I am following the path of my predecessors, and will strive to continue the nurturing of kyudo in the Americas. I am greatly assisted in this endeavor by the other incoming officers of the AKR, Carly Born sensei (AKR Vice President, President of the Minnesota Kyudo Renmei), Jeremy Cail (AKR Secretary, member of the Southern California Kyudo Renmei), and David Barootian (AKR Treasurer, member of the Southern California Kyudo Renmei).

A ll of us in the incoming AKR Office are deeply indebted to the leadership and legacy of the outgoing officers, Yoshiko Buchanan sensei who is stepping down after 6 years as AKR President, Tomio Kato sensei, former AKR Vice President, Jannette Curran, former AKR Secretary, and Andrew Platzer, former AKR Treasurer. Our sincere gratitude to all of you for your years of service.

Kyudo in the Americas is vibrant and strong, with two Renmei (USA and Canada) and affiliated kyudo groups in several countries of the Americas. Three affiliate countries are formally mentored by the AKR, including kyudo groups in Mexico, mentored by Aaron Blackwell sensei, Brazil, mentored by Yoshiko Buchanan sensei, and Argentina, mentored by Tomio Kato sensei. Kyudo is also growing in several other Pan American countries, including Chile, Panama, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The AKR maintains contact with kyudo groups in all of these countries, and we welcome participation from all at the IKYF American Kyudo Seminars.

In July 2016, the IKYF American Kyudo Seminar was held in Northfield, Minnesota, hosted graciously by the Minnesota Kyudo Renmei. We were fortunate to receive excellent instruction from Hayashi Fumio hanshi, Kubota Kiyoshi hanshi, and Ogura Masaki hanshi. Students attended from several countries of the Americas, as well as Austria and France. For the first time at an American seminar, a special Enteki practice was held, on a gorgeous and sunny day in the verdant fields overlooking the wind turbine of Carleton College. The comradery formed at the Enteki practice set the stage for a most enjoyable 3-day seminar, followed by a day of testing. The seminar days are short and evenings are few, but we also found time for the AKR Taikai and a group banquet for socializing with kyudo friends from near and far.

Sincere regards to all of you.

Maria Peterson, AKR President

Photos courtesy of Daniel Kim


2016 Pan American Kyudo Taikai Results

posted Aug 6, 2016, 2:08 PM by Haitham Shammaa   [ updated Aug 6, 2016, 8:52 PM ]

Group A: 
  • 1st−Tim Macmillan (Godan,NCKF)
  • 2nd–Maria Peterson (Renshi Rokudan, NCKF)
  • 3rd–Mika Komine (Yondan,SoCalKR)
Group B:
  • 1st–Azhar Aleem (Nidan, Canada)
  • 2nd–Doty Thomas (Nidan, SoCalKR)
  • 3rd–Nick Kariya (Shodan, MNKR)
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all participants in the Taikai.

Thank you,
Tomio Kato

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