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American Kyudo Renmei 
We are an organization devoted to the instruction and practice of Kyudo, 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. 

Jeffrey Yen receives 2017 Andrew West Award

posted Oct 9, 2017, 6:45 AM by Hunter Gott

Award Jeffrey

The 2017 Andrew West Award was presented to Jeffrey Yen, 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, by embodying the principles of Shin, Zen, Bi.

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)

Blackwell Sensei has passed his 7th Dan shinsa.

posted Sep 7, 2017, 12:05 PM by Hunter Gott

Congratulations to Blackwell Sensei of the SCKR. He passed his 7th Dan shinsa in Fukuoka on September 2nd 2017.
Blackwell Sensei   Shinsa Results

South American seminar photos.

posted Aug 9, 2017, 6:59 AM by Hunter Gott

The first South American Seminar went well!  Below are a few photos from the event.
Seminar photo

 Seminar photo
Seminar Photo

Seminar Photo

South American Shinsa results

posted Jul 30, 2017, 11:33 AM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Jul 30, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

Shodan 1,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,14,16,17,18,19,20,27,28,29,30,32,35  (24 of 35 passed)
Nidan 36,38,39,40,41,42,43,44,45,45 (10/11 passed)
Sandan #50 & #53 (2/7 passed)
Yondan #56 & #59 (2/6 passed)
No Godan candidates
Renshi #63 (passed)

AKR 2017 Special Chuo Shinsa news!

posted Jul 28, 2017, 6:25 AM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Jul 30, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

AKR 2017 Shinsa results:

Shodan #1-20 (all 20 passed)
Nidan #22 - 38 (all 17 passed)
Sandan #40, #46, #49, #52, #54, #55, #56, #57 and #60 (9 of 22 passed)
Yondan #67, #73, #76, #79 (4 of 18 passed)
Godan #84 (1 of 11 passed)
Rokudan 0 (0 of 4 passed)
Renshi Dai-ichiji #97 (1 of 6 passed)
Renshi Dai-niji 0 (0 of 1 passed)

AKR 2017 Taikai news!

posted Jul 28, 2017, 6:23 AM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 11:26 AM ]

AKR 2017 Taikai results:


Upper rank division winners  ShinsaWinners
Takahiro Yanagiya

Upper rank division
1st place - Krzysztof Sienkiewicz (VKR)
2nd place - Tzu-Ting (Tim) Chen (NCKF)
3rd place - David Hong (NCKF)

Lower rank division 
1st place - Raj Rao (VKR)
2nd place - Paul Millington (VKR)
3rd place - Takahiro Yanagiya (GKR)

AKR Seminar Sonoma 2017 has concluded

posted Jul 23, 2017, 7:08 PM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 3:54 PM ]

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


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