Description: This lecture introduces Kyudo 弓道 (Japanese traditional archery) through Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha (日置流尾州竹林派) kyudo the way it was taught by the Imperial bow makers Shibata, Kanjuro (柴田勘十郎) XX (former) and XXI (current lineage holder) Sensei in Kyoto, Japan. The core of our kyudo is a contemplative practice to polish our mind. The lecture covers a brief history of kyudo and our lineage (school), equipment, and practice, finishing with a demonstration of basic and advanced forms.
Instructor Bio: Yasuo Ito and Vada Woods have practiced kyudo at Fuko Kyudojo (established in the north side of Chicago in 2001) for more than 16 years. Our kyudo lineage is Heki-ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha taught by Kanjuro Shibata XX and XXI. We have demonstrated at the Japan Festival since 2007, Skokie Festival of Culture, the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, Morton Arboretum, University of Chicago, North Central University, and Northern Illinois University.