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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. 

Florida Dojo Biraki

posted Oct 23, 2018, 7:41 AM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 8:03 AM ]

We have just received some exciting news from the South Carolina Kyudo Renmei. One of their member clubs in Eustis, Florida will be opening a traditional Kyudojo, one of the very few in the United States! 

More detailed information on the Kashimon dojo Biraki can be found at https://www.kashimondojo.com/dojo-biraki-and-seminar.html.

For further details please contact Sabastian Velilla at archingoaksdojo@yahoo.com

International Shinsa B results

posted May 15, 2018, 9:15 AM by Hunter Gott   [ updated May 15, 2018, 9:15 AM ]

Official results of the International Provisional Chuo Shinsa for A and B sections have been delivered to all national renmei and communicated to AKR state renmei. Please check with your state renmei representatives for any fees that may be due if you passed your exam.

Official photos from the International Seminars and Taikai

posted May 13, 2018, 5:12 PM by Hunter Gott   [ updated May 13, 2018, 5:23 PM ]

Alain Scherer was an official photographer for the events and has made his photos available on his website.  A direct link to the Kyudo specific event is here.

These photos may only be used by the national Renmei for the promotion of Kyudo.  This means that no AKR member (Renmei or individual) should be using these or posting these on social media.  You are allowed to purchase personal photos (only for personal use) through his website.  This is requested by the International Kyudo Federation.  You can email him directly at contact@alainscherer.fr

Tokyo 2018 Seminar, Shinsa & Taikai Information sheets

posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:27 PM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 5:33 PM ]

Here is the current Seminar, Shinsa and Taikai information for the seminar.  If anything changes or is updated we'll update it here and note the dates.

Seminar Information:

Shinsa Information:

Taikai Information:
Team Competition Shooting order




American Kyudo Renmei Record of AKR Seminars

posted Apr 7, 2018, 9:46 PM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 6:51 PM ]

The following is a list of known IKYF/ANKF seminars, instructors and test dates that have occurred in the Americas with involvement of the AKR and its previous incarnation The American Kyudo Council. Many thanks to Edwin Symmes Sensei, John Born, Aaron Blackwell Sensei and his wife Reiko Blackwell Sensei and many others that have contributed to this record.


Jeremy Cail

Secretary, American Kyudo Renmei

April 7, 2018

 

2018 No U.S. Seminar (Tokyo International Event)

2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina (1st IKYF South American Seminar)
July 27-28
Hosting Organization: AAK, with support from AKR
Senior Instructor: Nakatsuka Shoichiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Kubota Fumiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Sawada Kinichi, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 29, 2017

2017 Sonoma, CA (Sonoma State University)
July 19-21
Hosting Organization: NCKF
Senior Instructor: Nakatsuka Shoichiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Kubota Fumiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Sawada Kinichi, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 22, 2017

2016 Northfield, MN (Carleton College)
July 18-20
Hosting Organization: MNKR
Senior Instructor: Hayashi Fumio, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Kubota Kiyoshi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Ogura Masaki, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 21, 2016

2015 Spartanburg, SC (University of SC Upstate)
July 27-29
Hosting Organization: SCKR
Senior Instructor: Nakatsuka Shoichiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor: Ishikawa Takeo, Hanshi Kyudan
Instructor:  Ogura Masaki, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 30, 2015

2014 No U.S. seminar (IKYF Special International Seminar, Paris)

 

2013 Spartanburg, SC (University of SC Upstate)
July 29 – August 1
Hosting Organization: SCKR
Senior Instructor: Hayashi Fumio, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor: Sakuma Tsuyoshi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Sawada Kinichi, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: August 2, 2013

2012 Davis, CA (UC Davis)
August 13-16
Hosting Organization: NCKF
Senior Instructor: Akiyama Terumi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor: Kubota Kioshi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Sakuma Tsuyoshi, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: August 17, 2012

2011 Northfield, MN (Carlton College)
August 1-4 (Aug 1: Yondan and above; Aug 2-4: General seminar)
Hosting Organization: MNKR
Senior Instructor: Iijima Masao, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Satake Mariko, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Kubota Kiyoshi, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: August 5, 2011
 

2010 No U.S. Seminar (Tokyo International Event)

 

2009 Spartanburg, SC (University of SC Upstate)
July 27-31
Hosting Organization: SCKR
Senior Instructor: Okazaki Hiroshi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor: Kubota Fumiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Miyauchi Michihiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: August 1, 2009

 

2008 Irvine, CA (Univ. of CA Irvine)
July 16-18
Hosting Organization: SoCalKR (Nanka Kyudo Renmei)
Senior Instructor: Suda Sadao, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor: Satake Mariko, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Iishi Katsuyuki, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:  Miyauchi Michihiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 19, 2008

 

2007 No U.S. Seminar (Tokyo International Event)

 

2006 University of SC Upstate (IKYF Inaugural American Seminar)
July 11-15
Hosting Organization:  SCKR
Senior Instructor:   Uozumi Ichiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Satake Mariko, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Kubota Fumiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 16, 2006

 

2005 Hayward, CA (California State University, East Bay)
July 7-9
Hosting Organization: NCKF
Senior Instructor:   Ishikawa Takeo, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Usami Yoshimitsu, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Kubota Fumrio, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 10, 2005

 

2004 Indianapolis, IN (Butler University)
June 3-5
Hosting Organization:  IKR
Senior Instructor:   Takahashi Nori, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Usami Yoshimitsu, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Ishii Katsuyuki, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: June 6, 2004

 

2003 Spartanburg, SC (University of South Carolina at Spartanburg)
July 17-19
Hosting Organization: SCKR
Senior Instructor:   Shibata Takeshi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Nakatsuka Shoichiro, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Ishii Katsuyuki, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 20, 2003 

 

2002 Spartanburg, SC (University of South Carolina at Spartanburg)
July 17-20
Hosting Organization: SCKR
Senior Instructor:   Saita Noritake, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Usami Yoshimitsu, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Oda Toshikaze, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 21, 2002

 

2001 San Jose, CA (San Jose State University)
July 5-7
Hosting Organization: NCKF
Senior Instructor:   Noro Kenkichi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Shibata Takeshi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Takahashi Nori, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 8, 2001

 

2000 Indianapolis, IN (Butler University)
June 1-3
Hosting Organization:  IKR
Senior Instructor:   Ogata Ryo, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Yamakawa Shigeki, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Sekine Murao, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: June 4, 2000


1999 Spartanburg, SC (University of South Carolina at Spartanburg)
July 15 - 17
Hosting Organization: SCKR
Senior Instructor:   Suzuki Mitsunari, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Ishikawa Takeo, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Nakagawa Hidetaka, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 18, 1999


1998 San Jose, CA (San Jose State University)
July 23-25
Hosting Organization: NCKF
Senior Instructor:   Sugahara Toyokichi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Ishikawa Takeo, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Usami Yoshimitsu, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 26, 1998

 

1997 Atlanta, GA (Emory University at Oxford)
July 9-12
Hosting Organization: GKR
Senior Instructor:   Noro Kenkichi, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Suda Sadao, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Matsuoka Takafumi, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 13, 1997

 

1996 San Jose, CA (San Jose State University)
July 13-14
Hosting Organization: NCKF
Senior Instructor:   Saita Noriaki, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Ikeda Kuniko, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Kobayashi Giko, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 15, 1996

 

1994 Marietta, GA (Cobb Civic Center)
September 2-4
Hosting Organization: GKR
Senior Instructor:   Ohno Hirataka, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Urakami Hiroko, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Yabuki Saburo, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: September 5, 1994


1993 San Jose, CA (San Jose State University)
July 2-4
Hosting Organization: NCKF
Senior Instructor:   Nakajima Sakae, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:   Ohno Hirotaka, Hanshi Hachidan
Instructor:    Takemoto Hideo, Hanshi Hachidan
Examination Date: July 5, 1993

*Updated* Tokyo International Seminar and Shinsa Schedules

posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:03 PM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 5:51 AM ]

*New information*

The Tokyo Budokan will be used for Chinese speakers only. All AKR members and most of the participants from the Americas will be together at the Chuo Dojo, only Uruguay and Paraguay will be at the Shiseikan.

 Further information regarding registration will be provided soon.


*Original post below*

We have just recently been sent the 3 attached schedules for the Tokyo International seminar and Shinsa. Please look them over. There is some information that could be critical to the B seminar attendees.

  • Some sections of Group B Seminar will be at the Tokyo Budokan
  • This could be a concern of attendees that have already housed themselves by Meiji Jingu.  Please share this information with anyone in the B Seminar.
  • We have no info as of this writing as to which B Groups will go to the Budokan and which will be at Chuo dojo (Meiji Jingu). 
  • Group A Seminar and all Shinsa (regardless of group) will be at Meiji Jingu.

To give folks a better idea of this situation here is a Google map that may give you some idea of Budokan's location in relation to Chuo Dojo: https://goo.gl/maps/UmxamJtvKvp.

Taikai team for the 3rd World Kyudo Taikai

posted Mar 26, 2018, 5:34 AM by Hunter Gott

Team:
Yamagami Yoshihiro Go Dan Washington
Chen Tim Yon Dan Washington
Born John Go Dan Minnesota
Nakamura Yuta Sho Dan Southern California

Manager: Takada Fumiko Go Dan New York

The event takes place on April 24th, 2018 in Tokyo.

3rd World Kyudo Taikai (Tokyo) and Related Events - AKR attendance.

posted Mar 5, 2018, 12:27 PM by Hunter Gott   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 5:45 PM ]

The American Kyudo Renmei will be sending a total of 86 participants from the USA, Mexico and South America.

Here's the breakdown:
Minnesota - 7
Northern California - 23
South Carolina - 7
Southern California - 10
Virginia - 12

Attending from countries south of the USA:
Argentina - 4
Brazil - 6
Chile - 1
Mexico - 9
Paraguay - 4
Uruguay - 3

Authorization document of the All Nippon Kyudo Federation.

posted Jan 8, 2018, 8:10 AM by Hunter Gott

All,

Sabastian Velilla of the South Carolina Kyudo Renmei has found a very interesting document while researching Kyudo on the National Diet site.  This document is the authorization and rational from the US government (based in Japan) for authorizing the formation of the All Nippon Kyudo Federation after World War II.  Please see the attached PDF below.

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)

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