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

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2015 TOKYO SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

posted Nov 22, 2015, 9:15 AM by Haitham Shammaa   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:37 PM ]


                                                                              

     When Buchanan Sensei said I must go to the 2015 Tokyo Special International Seminar for Godan and 
above I could not easily refuse. So as the days neared I viewed the seminar with hope and anxiety. As 
anyone knows, to have a low number at a seminar is intimidating.

     As we entered Chuo Dojo (Meiji Jingu Park) happy memories of the 2010 IKYF Seminar came flowing 
back. The beauty and solemnity of this hallowed ground cannot be expressed in words.

     Day one of the seminar started slowly with a midday registration. The two Koshi were Shunin Koshi 
Hanshi Kyudan Ishikawa Takeo and Koshi Hanshi Hachidan IIjima Masao. What an honor to have two of 

the highest ranking Senseis in the world of Kyudo as your Koshi.
     After the beautiful Yawatashi by Hanshi Kyudan Ishikawa we started with Hitote-Gyosha. Then we 
went to the classroom where our shooting was projected on a big screen monitor and we were 
evaluated. It was embarrassing, but informative.

     Day two we were instructed in the proper way to dress in Kimono and Hakama. Next was instruction 
on Hadanugi/Tasukisabaki, Later we had an afternoon of Shagi Shido (shooting instruction); many, many 
times between the two Senseis. Exhausting!!

     Day three we were honored with a blessing at Meiji Jingu. We were treated to a performance of 
Kagura (Sacred Shinto Music) and Dance, then we were blessed by the head priest of Meiji Jingu 
(another astounding event). On returning to the Dojo the two Koshi performed for us Hitotsumato 
Sharei. Inspiring! Then it was time for Mochimato Sharei Monomigaeshi-Ma training and instruction. 

Grueling! Next was another opportunity for Shagi Shido. The evening was a social gathering with the two 
Koshi at the Yoyogi Club. It was a great time to talk to the Senseis.

     Day four was HItotsumato Sharei training and instruction. Midday we were greeted by Hanshi 
Hachidan Shibata Takeshi the Chairman of the ANKF, followed by the moving posthumous awarding of 
the rank of Hachidan to Liam O’Brien Sensei. Later was more Shagi Shido (I have a list as long as my arm 
of corrections to work on). Following this we had question and answer session. Penultimately was 
Hitote-Gyosha. Lastly we closed and had instruction on folding our Hakama and Kimono.

     On the last day we received our certificates of completion for the seminar. On receiving our 
certificates I thought that for three and a half days of pain and suffering we receive a piece of paper. But 
the realization came that we had a seminar like no other that I have experienced. To have two of the 
Kyudo elite as Koshi with a seminar of only 27 students in a venue that was so awe inspiring is a wonder 
that I will probably never experience again. I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to attend this 
seminar to make every effort to do so.

George Nakashima

AKR Update September, 2015

posted Oct 6, 2015, 8:06 AM by Haitham Shammaa   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:37 PM ]

AKR Update September, 2015

Dear AKR Members and Friends,  

 

I hope this edition finds all of you are well.  September is now over and there are some articles that I would like to share with you.  Weather is getting comfortable and nice for practice.  In the Yumi tradition they say that bows (Nibe-Yumi) are most stable at this season and “Shiraki-Yumi” (un-lacquered bows) are happy to be used.  I hope you enjoy shooting in the crisp and clear air of autumn.

 

Sincerely

Yoshiko Buchanan,  AKR President

 

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From the AKR:

1)  The MNKR has formed the 2016 Seminar Committee.  They are going to have their first meeting by using Google Hangouts.  Thank you committee members and we will be informed as the seminar prepparation progresses.

 

2) The 2015 Andrew West Memorial Award was given to Erika Alejandra Castillo Licea from Mexicio.   It was created and has been sent to Blackwell sensei.  He is willing to bring it to Mexico and present it on behalf of the AKR, which is appreciated.  Also I appreciate that Alan Beltran (NCKF) helped to create this plaque.

 

3)  Hideki Nagata has resigned from his position of Auditor.  I would like to express my gratefulness for his excellent service that he lent to the AKR.  He will continue his training in Japan and I wish him all the best on behalf of  AKR members.

As you were notified we need an auditor.  It is greatly appreciated if you could recommend someone to be the AKR Auditor or it is also great if someone could self-nominate to contribute his/her knowledge and skill.                   

 

4)  2015 Seminar T-Shirts!!  Thank you very much for your support.  My apology for giving two deadline dates (25th and 30th) for the additional order.   The Additional order was not placed due to the insufficient quantity to fill the minimum order to keep the price ($15).   It is appreciated that Junko Kurita (NCKF) worked for this 2015 fundraising effort.

 

 5)  Creating an AKR annual tournament:  This topic was unfortunately missed from the AKR Board meeting agenda.  However the result of the taikai has been recorded and this record will be helpful when we need to select US team members for the 2018 IKYF Taikai in Japan. 

 

There is a proposal from the AKR office for a national kyudo tournament.  Kato sensei has updated his idea to begin discussion for all of you: Since there has not been any response from my e-mail, I have drafted some quick ideas.  I will come up with more ideas with my assistant.  

 AKR Taikai (Competition and Recording) Plan.         Draft 12/28/14  Tomio Kato

 The committee will provide an Excel sheet for keeping records and competition rules.

 Events should occur twice a year such as: (Spring and Fall) or (Spring and AKR seminar Taikai).

  Rules:       8 arrows competitions.

                   No practice before competition except for makiwara.

                   Observers will record the results and archers will verify and sign.

                   Rules will be based on AKR competition requirements 

 The committee will recommend US team members for international events, based on the records from the competition

I would like to ask you to pay attention to the idea and bring up your thoughts.  Please contact Kato sensei and share your ideas.   Your participation in the project will provide you with a different type of training and this chance is very much welcomed and appreciated.

6)    Creating a translation committee group

SHAHOKUN, the first half of the Shahokun was translated by Earl Hartman sensei (NCKF) and contributed to the AKR members and the affiliated friends.  The Shahokun that we see in the Kyudo manual is partial.  You will find a quite profound message in the writing.  Hartman sensei’s work is greatly appreciated and I hope you will enjoy reading it to help your training.

Volunteer wanted!  The committee should be able to plan to ask those volunteers to contribute their translation skill and post some articles from the Kyudo Magazine in the future.   It will help to make the AKR website more informative and useful.  If you are interested in translating articles please contact Yoshiko Buchanan at eclayyoshiko@gmail.com

According to the ANKF officials they will permit us to work on the articles of the Kyudo Magazine.  Due to the copyright of each article we are not allowed to create complete translations of the articles but “Summary of articles” is allowed.   How we summarize is the question but there are many capable AKR bilingual members who are willing or interested in translating and contributing their work to the AKR.  If that works it would be very helpful to the AKR members to deepen their study. 

 

From the ANKF:

1) Fletching issue   Mr. Harada, ANKF office manager, who accompanied the teachers for the 2015 IKYF/AKR seminar briefly, explained about the “Fletching Issue” and what points overseas students should pay attention to.  Making a very complex story short, the guideline from the ANKF is that we cannot use the “Ojirowashi (White tail sea eagles) and “Ohwashi  (Sea eagles)”  at any ANKF events.   “Feathers Certificate of Traceability” is available for those who have natural fletchings.  Also, besides the above mentioned strictly protected eagles, owners should use this certificate to list the fletching that they are currently using and to carry the certificates with them when they travel.

 

The federation presidents, shogos and representatives attended this meeting with Mr Harada.  Please ask for more detailed information about this issue from the participants of the meeting.  Those who attended this meeting are requested to share the information, which will help to prevent any violations in the future.

 

The AKR office is planning to post the document (English) from the ANKF to the AKR website.

(Not posted yet as of Sept. 30, 2015)

 

2)         Permission for translation has been asked to the ANKF.  

 

From the IKYF:

1) Nagoya Special Shogo seminar.  The information has been distributed together with the Nagoya Chuo shinsa.  Those two events have a different dead line.  Please pay attention to the individual dates.   

2) 2015 Overseas Special Shogo seminar in Tokyo will take place at the Chuodojo from 10/27 – 30.  There will be five attendees from the AKR this time; George Nakashima, Tomio Kato, Earl Hartman, Maria Peterson and Yoshiko Buchanan.

 

From the EKF:

O’Brien Sensei’s funeral took place at 4 pm on Friday the 11th September at the following crematorium.  I hope he rests in peace.

1)  The Condolence Flowers were sent to the O’Brien sensei’s funeral.  His funeral was given this Card Message: Our thoughts are with you today. We will treasure our memories of Liam O'Brien sensei. From the members of the American Kyudo Renmei.The address was:  Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Rd. Richmond TW9 4EN

 

From the Affiliates:

1)         The report on the joint seminar of Kyudo-Kai Chile and Kyudokai Asuncion:  it has been a while since the seminar took place.  Both members of both countries may be feeling a slightly warmer air at the end of winter and I hope they are practicing regularly.  I was fortunate that Okabe Koji (5ht dan, Argentina) travelled to Santiago to assist me.  I am very grateful for his help.

 

I respect and admire their enthusiasm and making efforts to learn kyudo and such phenomenon has always been expressed by the ANKF teachers who have travelled to the US.  However despite their admirable attitude I have to admit and report here very frankly that they are living in the “Kyudo Wilderness” that we were all living in some 20 years ago.  The basics of almost everything needed to be taught.  The basics of shaho and Shagi, five person shinsa timing and even dojo layout (entrance, exit, the shomen altar) were all instructed.

 

I will not report the given instruction in detail.  I am very grateful to Mr. Yanai (2nd dan, Brasil) who began helping both Chile and Paraguay.  I believe he did his best and so did I.  In order to help them to improve their quality and skill of kyudo the Senpai countries like the US should keep providing them our experience, knowledge, skill and spirits.

 

Currently Mexico has been taken care of by Blackwell sensei and Owaki sensei (rensi 5th dan, SoCKR who has been resides in Mexico for his business) who is assisting and there will also be Reiko sensei, too.  Okabe san is willing to continue helping both Chile and Paraguay and the Brazil Kyudo Kai will cooperate with Okabe san.  Kato sensei travelled to Buenos Aires as requested and will continue to instruct the Buenos Aires group.  Panama has Mie sensei (renshi 5th dan, KAC) and Paraguay has been taken care of by Okabe san.  

I am expecting Marcelo (5th dan, Bariloche Kyudokai) will be able to work with Okabe san to help with some part of the current and future kyudo development.

 

In closing I would like to inform you of some future activities that Okabe san is planning.  He will have a seminar in Paraguay this month and in Chile next month.  He is planning a seminar inviting a higher rank instructor from Japan in May 2016.   I will be in Brasil in March 2016.  I will talk with Miike san during the Special Seminar in this month in Tokyo and request them to consider an IKYF official seminar in South America.  I have heard that Blackwell sensei encouraged the Mexico group to host such a seminar and I believe it is the time for them to deserve such an official seminar. 

 

End of September edition

AKR Update August, 2015

posted Sep 1, 2015, 9:22 PM by Haitham Shammaa   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:37 PM ]

AKR Update August, 2015

Dear AKR Members,  

 

To begin this edition, first of all, I would like to send my respect and condolences to the family and friends of the late Liam O’Brien sensei (kyoshi 7th dan, UK) who passed away on the 28th of August.  The official announcement of his passing away has been posted at the KFF section.

 

I would like to apologize for not publishing the AKR Update for two months, June and July.  I hope all of you have been well since then.  Those who attended the seminar must have returned home with good experience, learnings and excitement.   They must have brought back a lot of teachings from the senseis and such teachings must have been shared with your friends.

 

I am sending my sincere gratefulness to the SCKR, the AKR officers, members, the AKC members and affiliates from Latin Americas for their support and their help.    Such cooperation is inevitable to bring the seminar to success and I also would like to thank the MNKR for their hosting the 2016 seminar in Northfield in Minnesota.

 

This edition includes some new articles and reports.  I hope to share such info with all of the AKR members and  friends in Pan American countries.

 

Sincerely

Yoshiko Buchanan, AKR President

 

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From the AKR:

1)  New The 2015 IKYF/American Kyudo Seminar report.

Blackwell sensei has been asked to write a brief report but he is out of the country right now.   I hope he can contribute his report next month.

 

The 2015 Andrew West Memorial Award was given to Erika Alejandra Castillo Licea from Mexicio.         

 

2)  New The 2nd Pan American Kyudo Taikai report: (Tomio Kato) Result:   

A Group winners        1st,   Raul Martin  Saet,   (mudan)          Southern California/AKR    4/8 hits

  (up to sandan)           2nd, Manuel  Quiroga,     (mudan)         Chile

                                    3rd,   David  Hong     (2)                            Northern California/AKR

                                    4th,   Alvin  Pun   (1)                                  Canada

                                    5th,   Michael David  Kennedy (3)           Canada      

 B Group winners         1st,  Tomio  Kato  (ren-6)                     Georgia/AKR  5/8 hits

   (yondan & above)      2nd, Mie  Takahashi (ren-5)                Canada  4/8 hits

                                         3rd,  Fumiko  Takeda (5)                      Virginia/AKR  4/8 hits

                                         4th,  Reiko  Blackwell  (ren-5)              South Carolina/AKR 2/8 hits

                                         5th,  John Born     (4)                             Minnesota/AKR   2/8 hits          

Thank you for all participants and volunteers.              Tomio kato, Taikai organizer. 

  

Thanks to Kato sensei and all the volunteers the 2nd Pan American Kyudo Taikai was operated in a friendly manner and the attendees looked like they enjoyed the event.   It will be nicer if there is some more time that allows for performing both Yawatashi and Nohsha which are ceremonial shooting of events to announce the opening and closing of the taikai.  Also I would like to ask organizers in the future to create a better scoring/tallying system that can indicate accurate results in a short time.

 

This is the first time the AKR asked for an admission fee to participate in the taikai.  The total entry number was 54 people and that made an income of $270.  The expenses were $256.80,   which made a $13.20 surplus.  It was added to the AKR Seminar fund.   Thank you.

 

3)  New The 2015 AKR Regular Meeting of Board of Directors:  Please see the attached                                  meeting minutes (by Jannette Curran)

I would like to thank all the representatives, the AKR officers and all the other participants to the meeting.  Special thanks to both Jannette sensei for organizing and preparing the meeting agenda and Joseph Reid to act the Chair.  

 

4 ) New Shinsa report: (Yoshiko Buchanan) The technical examination went very smoothly and on time.  The operation was rather simple comparing to the exams in the past because the written test had been finished separately prior to the technical exam on the 30th.      The results are: shodan 100% (35/35, one absentee), nidan 100% (7/7, one absentee), sandan 53% (9/17), yondan 44% (4/9) and godan 0% ( 0/4).

 

The written exam was a take home test with questions that had been given in advance.  The answer sheets were collected at the seminar registration and distributed to certain senior AKR members to be scored.  The written test will be given in this fashion (take home test) from now on and the question list has been distributed to all the federation and  affiliated countries already.

It should be posted to the AKR website also.  Please share the question list with your members.

                                   

5)         2015 Seminar T-Shirts!!  Thank you very much for your support.  The AKR could raise $537.95.

 $    .   This fund will be used for the 2016 seminar.   There are more request orders and the AKR will take additional orders.  Pease send your order form to Junko Kurita BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.  The order form will be sent separately.

              

6)         Creating an AKR annual tournament:  This topic was unfortunately missed from the AKR Board meeting agenda.  However the result of the taikai has been recorded and this record  will be helpful when we need to select US team members for the 2018 IKYF Taikai in Japan. 

 

There is a proposal from the AKR office for a national kyudo tournament.  Kato sensei has updated his idea to begin discussion for all of you: Since there has not been any response from my e-mail, I have drafted some quick ideas.  I will come up with more ideas with my assistant.  

 AKR Taikai (Competition and Recording) Plan.         Draft 12/28/14  Tomio Kato

 The committee will provide an Excel sheet for keeping records and competition rules.

 Events should occur twice a year such as: (Spring and Fall) or (Spring and AKR seminar Taikai).

  Rules:       8 arrows competitions.

                   No practice before competition except for makiwara.

                   Observers will record the results and archers will verify and sign.

                   Rules will be based on AKR competition requirements 

 The committee will recommend US team members for international events, based on the records from the competition

I would like to ask you to pay attention to the idea and bring up your thoughts.  Please contact Kato sensei and share your ideas.   Your participation in the project will provide you with a different type of training and this chance is very much welcomed and appreciated.

6)   New Finally we may have one or two volunteers, Great!!  Haitham S. (NCKF) has been approved as the lead editor by the AKR Board at the 2015 meeting.  He has contacted Carly sensei and begun working on the website.  The AKR Board has agreed to eliminate one of the current domains, kyudous.com, and to move the contents to the other domain which is “kyudousa.com”. 

 

 7)    Creating a translation committee group/report from the 2015 seminar New

Carly sensei and her team worked hard at the seminar to provide the translation of the instruction as accurately as they can.  The hardest portion was the “Kihontai” training that required a translation literally from the Kyohon into both English and Spanish.   As we experienced the difficulty of translating for the entire class (100 participants of two different languages) and the time loss for the Spanish speaking participants who gathered in the same spot to receive the translation. In this way they could work a little more efficiently.  In the future the committee should think ahead and come up with some efficient method of translation.  There may be Portuguese added to the 2016 seminar.

 

Volunteer wanted!  The committee should be able to plan to ask those volunteers to contribute their translation skill and post some articles from the Kyudo Magazine in the future.   It will help to make the AKR website more informative and useful.  If you are interested in translating articles please contact Yoshiko Buchanan at eclayyoshiko@gmail.com

 

From the ANKF:

 

1) New            Fletching issue   Mr. Harada, ANKF office manager, who accompanied the teachers for the 2015 IKYF/AKR seminar briefly, explained about the  “Fletching Issue” and what points overseas students should pay attention to.  Making a very complex story short, the guideline from the ANKF is that we cannot use the “Ojirowashi (White tail sea eagles) and “Ohwashi  (Sea eagles)”  at any ANKF events.   “Feathers Certificate of Traceability” is available for those who have natural fletchings.  Also, besides the above mentioned strictly protected eagles, owners should use this certificate to list the fletching that they are currently using and to carry the certificates with them when they travel.

 

The federation presidents, shogos and representatives attended this meeting with Mr Harada.  Please ask for more detailed information about this issue from the participants of the meeting.  Those who attended this meeting are requested to share the information, which will help to prevent any violations in the future.

 

The AKR office is planning to post the document (English) from the ANKF to the AKR website.

 

2) New            Donation from the Takahashi Kyugu to the AKR.  As such donation money was introduced in the May edition, the AKR received $540 (70,000 yen) from the ANKF.  The AKR Board decided to donate this contribution from Takahashi to the SCKR for their 2015 seminar operation.

d)  The ANKF is charging kyudo equipment stores a concession fee for booths, 70,000 yen since 2013. (It was 100,000 yen in 2013).  The ANKF is offering this fee to the American IKYF/AKR 2015 seminar to support the event.  They are suggesting that the seminar organizers could use it. 

 

3) New The Kyohons and the ANKF pins were distributed to the students who ordered.  The ANKF paid $200 to ship such a heavy package and to gave the AKR some discount.   The discount amount which is 118.50 will be added to the AKR seminar fund.   There is a good demand for kyohon among especially amount the first time seminar attendees and I hope the ANKF will help us in 2016 also.

           

4)         Permission for translation has been asked to the ANKF.  

According to the ANKF officials they will permit us to work on the articles of the Kyudo Magazine.  Due to the copyright of each article we are not allowed to create complete translations of the articles but “Summary of articles” is allowed.   How we summarize is the question but there are many capable AKR bilingual members who are willing or interested in translating and contributing their work to the AKR.  If that works it would be very helpful to the AKR members to deepen their study. 

 

From the IKYF:

1) 2015 Overseas Special Shogo seminar in Tokyo will take place at the Chuodojo from 10/27 – 30.   Details have been distributed to all the federations and to the affiliated godans outside of the US. 

“This event is open to kyudo members with the rank of Godan and above. 

Please send one Excel sheet including applications for all of for your group members who plan to attend to maria.peterson123@gmail.com by Sept 21 (this is one week ahead of the IKYF deadline).  Please send application fees to AKR Treasurer Andrew Platzer according to his instructions.  Sincerely,  Maria”

 

2) IKYF ID:  The ID cards for those who first attend the IKYF/American seminar in July, 2015 have been issued. 

 

From the EKF:

 

As you have been informed already Liam O’Brien sensei (kyushi 7th dan) passed away on the 28th of August.   I would like to announce here again this very sad news.  The AKR office obtained the place where we and individuals can send our condolences.   The following advice is from Claude/UKKA and we should follow it.  “…if you address the card O'Brien Family c/o Dolphin Sensei at the address on the UKKA website, or to me c/o Claude Le Guyader 28 Avondale Rise London SE15 4AL, he or I will make sure it reaches the family.”

 

Our condolence email was sent already.  It is posted after the announcement.

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Gérald Zimmermann

Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2015 2:05 PM

Subject: Kyudo: passing away of Liam O'Brien, Kyoshi 7th Dan

Dear Presidents and National Representatives of the the ANKF, IKYF and EKF

I have been informed by the United Kingdom's Kyudo Association of the passing away of the former EKF President, UKKA chairman and senior teacher Liam O'Brien Kyoshi 7 dan. The secretary of the association, Ray Dolphin, has asked me to convey the sad news:

 

"It is with great sadness, that we have to inform you that the United Kingdom’s Kyudo teacher Liam O’Brien Kyoshi 7th dan  passed away, on the 28/8/2015

Although this loss will be felt most acutely by all the members of the United Kingdom Kyudo Association, O’Brien sensei’s influence was far reaching. With unparalleled Japanese dojo experience under the direct guidance of Takeuchi sensei, no one else had that depth of knowledge of Japanese culture and old school Kyudo training.

 

Would you please inform members of the EKF Shidoiinkai and IKYF member countries leaders of this sad news.

Kind regards,

Ray Dolphin"

 

On behalf of the EKF I would like to express my sincere condolences. O'Brien sensei as senior teacher in Europe will be dearly missed.

Gerald Zimmermann

EKF President           

 

Our condolence email to the UKKA:

 

Dear Dolphin sensei and all the members of United Kingdom Kyudo Association,

 

On behalf of the American Kyudo Renmei I would like to send our deepest condolences for the loss of your teacher, Liam O'Brien sensei.  The news of his death was quite sudden to us and we are saddened and shocked.  O'Brien sensei was one of the early pioneers to introduce kyudo outside of Japan and was a towering figure in the international kyudo community.  We also feel a great loss of the strength of kyudo that we have all been relying on for a long time.

He will be dearly remembered by all of us and we will certainly carry on his teaching, dignity and legacy.

 

Since we have no contact information for his family we would greatly appreciate it if you could extend our condolences to his family.

 

With my prayer

Yoshiko Buchanan, President, American Kyudo Renmei

From the Affiliates:

 

1)         There were 14 participants from the Latin American countries to the 2015 IKYF/AKR Kyudo Seminar, Argentina (2), Chile (2), Mexico (5), Panama (2), Paraguay (1) and Uruguay (2).  In addition to those Latin American affiliates there was one participant from Austria.  Ishikawa IKYF president was very pleased to see the development of the ANKF kyudo in the Americas.   

 

2)         The report on the joint seminar of Kyudo-Kai Chile and Kyudokai Asuncion will be in the Sept. edition.

 

 

End of August edition

2015 American Kyudo Renmei Taikai

posted May 22, 2015, 4:14 PM by Carly Born   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:36 PM by Haitham Shammaa ]

Below is the information and registration for the 2015 American Kyudo Renmei Taikai, to be held during the 2015 IKYF Seminar in South Carolina.  Refer to the attached document (below the registration form) for information about taikai shooting sequence and timing.


AKR Update April/May 2014

posted Jul 8, 2014, 11:11 AM by Carly Born   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:37 PM by Haitham Shammaa ]

Dear AKR members,
 
I hope all of you are enjoying the nice days of  early summer.  This edition covers topics from May through June.  The 2nd Sekai Kyudo Taikai is around the corner and there is important information attached to this edition.  Please see the files and distribute them to your members.  They need this information definitely.  The AKR wishes the very best to the US team and all the participants to the 2014 IKYF event in Paris.
 
The $200 AKR grant has been presented to Fumiko, Miho and Kevin already with a good luck card.  Asahi America , Dan sensei, helped the AKR to buy new kyudo-gi for the US team and Kato sensei prepared  US flag patches for them.  The Us flag patch will be placed on the right sleeve of the dogi.  Do you know the "stars" are embroidered on the right hand side of the patch in  the case were they wear the flag on their right sleeve? There is always something to learn.
 
AKR office
 
1) From the AKR
a)     A $200 grant was presented.   The US team has received the full support from theAKR.  I would like to thank again to all the federations.
 
I received the kind support from AKR for the Sekai-Taikai in Paris.  Thank you very much for the kind consideration; it helps a lot.
Please convey my gratitude to the AKR board members as well.  Sincerely,                                                                                                   Miho Oyasu
 
I have received the grant from AKR. Thank you for your support and we'll do our best.                      Kevin
 
I received the check yesterday. Thank you for your kind support for us to participate to the Taikai.     Thank you.                                             Fumiko Takada

 
b)    "A GUIDE TO PREPARE FOR TESTING IN JAPAN" is almost complete.    There are a couple of notes to be added.  It will be provided to you soon.
This guide was created to help the AKR members when they travel to Japan (possibly to Europe as well) to take a shinsa examination.  It is now posted to the AKR web site.  This is the first attempt and will be revised or updated as the contents are changed or the ANKF may add more information.  Please read the guide and help your members who plan to visit Japan to take their tests.  If you have any questions or suggestions to improve this guide please feel free to contact the AKR office at 4-8-292-4669 oreclayyoshiko@gmail.com.    I would like to thank Howard Houng (former SoCKR/Tokyo Daiichi, Michael Rich (SCKR) and Carly sensei (MNKR) for creating the guide.   It will be posted to the AKR web site also for your further reference.
 
c)    Translator(s) Wanted!!   The ANKF is providing all the local renmei contacts in Japan.  It would be useful if this list of the Japanese local federation contact is in English.
The more AKR members travel to Japan and take tests at a local renmei, the more the need of such contact information.  This list of the Japanese local renmeis has the contact person's name, phone # and email address.  I would like to have a volunteer(s) who can put this info into English.  Please contact Yoshiko Buchanan at 408-292-4669or eclayyoshiko@gmail.com .   It would be nice if someone from the 2013 seminar interpreters could try this translation or anyone who wishes to take this challenge please come forward and help us.
 
d) The ANKF has revised the Tournament rules (It was posted on the ANKF web site, so please visit it to find the Japaese version.). Now Hartman sensei has  translated the shooting timing of "Sannin-dachi, zasha/rissha" and Gonin-dachi, zasha/rissha". Overall the speed of the sequence is faster than the old timing. The IKYF has confirmed that this new timing will be used at Paris. The US team has been informed about this new timing.  Many thanks to Hartman sensei.  See the attached file.
 
e) Future discussion topics (important):
1)    2014 AKR General Meeting:  As all the representatives know, the AKR General Meeting takes place at the US national seminar.  However there is no national seminar this year because it is the once in four year IKYF Seminar and Taikai year.  The AKRoffice has begun working on this matter and you will be contacted shortly to discuss how to mange this years AKR Genera Meeting. 
 
2)    AKR election:   This will be the main topic of the 2014 AKR General Meeting.  You will be notified
 
There are a few other old businesses items such as "Status of Affiliates" and "Allowance to the instructors to travel overseas" that have to be decided. We should find ways to discuss in person or by email to clear these topics.  ( so far no comments have been received as of 6/30/14)
 
2) From the IKYF
See the attached files. These files have been delivered to some federations that have members who will attend the 2014 IKYF event in Paris but please make sure to inform them of these files.  I think we can share the written test questions at the test in Paris with all the AKR members.   All the questions certainly require some study, deep and through.  Yondan test is asking about "YU" but Kyudo Kyohon does not explain much about "YU".   Godan through Rokudan questions also require a certain depth of study to write answers.  Since time is given to the students they must study and all the teachers should help their study.  Testing is truly a good opportunity for all of us to brush up our study and to even study deeply and widely.    Teachers:  Please help your students to write their answers.  Participants:  Do not hesitate to ask your teacher about questions and write your answer, good, enough but not too much detail.
 
These files are all related to the IKYF seminar in Paris and the shinsa.  It includes the questions for the written test and the "Answer Paper" that they must be used.  This is a take home test, so they must write their answer before the test day and submit at seminar registration.
The seminar schedule, English speaking group, is also attached.
 
3) From the ANKF
The ANKF is offering the test in Paris and the details are attached and mentioned in the IKYF section of this email.

AKR Update 2014 March Edition

posted Apr 1, 2014, 6:17 PM by Carly Born   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:37 PM by Haitham Shammaa ]


Dear AKR members,

I hope this edition will find all of you doing well. SCKR and NCKR may still have some trace of winter but the rest of you must be enjoying the spring. Today is the end of the AKR fiscal year of 2013 and I would like to thank the AKR members for your support and dedication to the kyudo activities. There are a few news items to share wit hyou in this month. If you have any questions and /or suggestions please feel free to contact the AKR office.

Sincerely,
Yoshiko Buchanan

1) From the AKR


(a) The AKR Privacy Policy has been created. Thanks to all the representatives the AKR Privacy Policy has been unanimously approved and is now effective. All the personal information that the AKR collects for the roster should be carefully and conscientiously managed. Below is the result of the vote.

Below are the votes:
Northern California: Yes by Maria Peterson Sensei on 3/26/2014
Southern California: Yes by Jannette Curran on 3/24/2014
Minnesota: Yes by John Born on 3/24/2014
Indiana: Yes by Ken Tanahara on 3/25/2014
Georgia: Yes by Joseph Reid on 3/26/2014
Virginia: Yes by Fumiko Takada on 3/25/2014
North Carolina: Yes by Dan DePropero Sensei on 3/28/2014
South Carolina: Yes by Aaron Blackwell Sensei on 3/26/2014


Regards,
Jannette

(b) Sending a US(AKR) team to the 2014 Sekai Taikai: This is to remind you that the final head count of participants to the 2014 IKYF event should be done by the 5th of April.
You may have sent your final head count to Blackwell sensei but if it is not yet done please send it by the 5th.
For the time being you are requested to think, based on the previous head count, if we can send an AKR team or not. As soon as the final head count is done we can begin discussions about this topic.

(c) The IKYF event participation fees: The payment of the Asia Oceania Kyudo Seminar that the AKR set has been paid back from all the Participants. I would like to thank Andrew for his attention and smooth management of the payments. The 2014 IKYF event payment will be coming up in May. The same method will be used for the 2014 IKYF event in Paris. All the participants will be notified as the individual amount is clarified and they will have to pay their fees by the end of May.

2) From the IKYF


(a) The examination schedule at the Asia Oceania Seminar is announced as follows:

The 13th test: http://kyudo.jp/pdf/shinsa/h26/h260413_nagoya_s.pdf
General info: http://kyudo.jp/pdf/shinsa/h26/h260413_nagoya.pdf

(b) A final call to confirm all the AKR members goint to the 2014 IKYF Sekai Taikai, Seminar and Shinsa. Please send all your members who definitely will participate in the 2014 IKYF event in Paris. So far the totals are: VKR/9, NCKF/ 2, IKR/1, Brasil/5 and Argentina/1. SoCKR, GKR, SCKR, NCKR and MNKR have no members to participate.
Please send Blackwell sensei the following information; names, rank and yes or no to the participation in the Taikai by April 5th.

(c) The written test in Paris is going to be a take home test as mentioned below in red. The testing candidates will be certainly notified as we receive the information.
Please print out the Shinsa application form from the following URL and each individual who will take the Shinsa should fill it out. Send the original forms to the IKYF secretariay by each Federation / Association.

For Kyui/Godan and Under the form is: http://www.ikyf.org/pdf/ShinsaApplicationFormunder.pdf
For Shogo/Rokudan and Above the form is: http://www.ikyf.org/pdf/ShinsaApplicationFormabove.pdf

※ We anticipate the themes of the writing test and answer sheet shoud be sent out at the end of June.

*The implementation guidelines of The Second World Kyudo Taikai and The Third International Kyudo Seminar (in Paris) has been sent on December 12, 2013 by e-mail.

Information about IKYF 2014 event in Paris

posted Nov 29, 2013, 7:17 AM by Carly Born   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:37 PM by Haitham Shammaa ]

The IKYF is planning to offer an international seminar and shinsa in conjunction with the 2nd Sekai Taikai (2nd International Championships) that will be hosted in Paris, France in July 2014.  Please see this announcement from the IKYF for a recent communication from the Ishikawa-sensei.  All future announcements and information from the IKYF will be posted on the IKYF Information page of this site.

Reflections by Participants of the 2013 Seminar

posted Aug 14, 2013, 5:47 PM by Carly Born   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:38 PM by Haitham Shammaa ]

Please have a look at the reflection essays written by some participants of the 2013 AKR Seminar.  You will find them in the newly created Past Seminars section of the site.  And here's a link to lead you there!

2013 AKR Kyudo Taikai Results

posted Aug 8, 2013, 9:50 AM by Carly Born   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:36 PM by Haitham Shammaa ]

Kyudo Taikai Trophies
Below are the results of the 2013 Kyudo Taikai, conducted at this year's seminar.

A-Division 
    1st #86 Yukiko Itokawa, Canada Toronto 
    2nd #84 Eriko Leland, Indiana
    3rd #85 Hideki Nagata, Virginia

B-Division 
    1st #57 Zane Moriki, Northern California
    2nd #74 William Savary, Northern California
    3rd #22 Keiko Uenishi, Virginia 

Congratulation and Thank you All,   Tomio Kato

2013 AKR Seminar Photos

posted Aug 5, 2013, 7:00 AM by AKR Admin   [ updated Sep 25, 2016, 4:36 PM by Haitham Shammaa ]

Maria Peterson kindly shared her photos of this year's seminar, and we've posted them online.  Have a look!

2013 AKR Seminar Photos

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