Thursday, September 05, 2013

Truth, Goodness and Beauty


Why did you start practicing Kyudo?
It's a recurring question within kyudoka and most probably the main question you will be asked at your  first ANKF (All Nippon Kyudo Federation) examination to pass Ikkyu or Shodan.
The answers differs greatly as each one of us may approach this practice for multiple reasons.
In Japan is common to start Kyudo at school as a good way to learn all aspects of life, moral and good behavior through the practice of this very old traditional martial art.
The rest of the world attention has been drawn to Japan since its opening to trade in the 16th century and later in the 18th century to tourism and cultural exchanges, Europe particularly has been fascinated and heavily influenced by Japan arts through the 19th century art movements like French art nouveau and Vienna secessionist.
I personally felt in love with Japan as I was studying art and later practicing yoga, in particular the warrior positions, made me reflect about the relative extension of my arms, head and legs.
Somehow my mind made a connection with archery and a quick search on the internet brought to my eyes a kyudoka in full kai, that was it!
So, definitely  the beauty of the equipment and the shooting form were a big draw for me.
It's only with long practice hours and a great sensei, Rick Beal of Nanka Kyudo Kai,
that I learned the other two core principals of Kyudo, truth and goodness.

The three together forms a great balance and a strong foundation I try to put in use everyday not just for Kyudo practice but also for my daily life.

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