The Arizona Kyudo Kai is a non-profit organization dedicated to the teaching and practice of kyudo (Japanese archery). It is an affiliate of the Northern California Kyudo Federation and a member of the American Kyudo Renmei. We partner with the University of Arizona Kyudo Club for most of our practices and events.
Kyudo, also known as Japanese Archery, is one of the oldest martial arts in Japan. It is based on traditions of battlefield and ceremonial archery many hundreds of years old, and under the Zen Nihon Kyudo Renmei has been formalized into a standard set of techniques and procedures which allow archers from different styles and schools to be able to practice together.
The style we practice here in Arizona is a Shomen Uchiokoshi one. (We begin the draw by raising the bow up the centerline in front of our body, rather than raising it from the side.) The bow (Yumi) is almost eight feet long, arrows are held on the sife of the bow away from the archer, and the draw is done with the thumb rather than finger tips. The process of shooting is structured in an eight-step kata called the hassetsu.
Shooting takes place at several different distances. Close range (Makiwara) shooting is done at about a six foot distance so that the archer may focus on polishing form without worrying about hitting the target. Kinteki shooting is at a target 28 meters away, and Enteki shooting is done at 60 meters distance. Arizona Kyudo Kai uses all three.
We have three practice locations that we alternate between. Two of these locations are in Tucson, the third in Vail, just southeast of Tucson.
The locations are as follows:
U of A Campus, Ina Gittings Building Room 4 (Dance Studio)
Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave. Tucson
Private Dojo at 15400 E. Colossal Cave Road, Vail
Practice sessions are typically on Sunday mornings from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. Contact us for latest schedule and location.
Bill Savary firstname.lastname@example.org (520)647-3320
University of Arizona Kyudo Club website https://sites.google.com/site/uakyudoclub/
UA Kyudo Club's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/UAKyudoClub/