Kyudo should be presented as a discipline for cultivating body and mind. Much like yoga and taichi, which has become very popular in the West. This should be done in a way that is simple and easy to understand and not too esoteric. The sporting aspect of kyudo should also be highlighted but without neglecting its aesthetic appeal - “ Chowa” Beauty from Harmony. Presenting kyudo as a “samurai” activity and the yumi as a weapon creates a negative image so the historical background must be presented intelligently in the context of modern kyudo practice.
Westerners are attracted to contemplative activities that bring physical health and mental well-being and understand that traditional Japanese culture has this at its centre. In presenting kyudo to a general audience this should also been emphasized.
|Date of Establishment||1975|
|President Name||Ray Dolphin|
|Secretary Name||Claude Le Guyader|
|Number of Members
|【Kyoshi】 6 Dan：1 【Renshi】 6 Dan：2 【Renshi】 5 Dan：1
5 Dan：8 4 Dan：9 3 Dan：14 2 Dan：22 Sho Dan：9 Ungraded：35
|Office Address||30 Arcadian Gardens, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex SS7 2RP, UK|
|Tel／Fax||Tel：+44(0)1702 554 318|
|Main Practice Place(s)||London：Sports Hall
Glasgow (Scotland)：Sports Hall
|Activites to promote kyudo （to make appealing）||Public demonstrations / workshops