Kyudo (Japanese Archery)


Kyudo is a traditional Japanese martial art in which form takes precedence over accuracy. I have been practicing kyudo in Kyoto in the Nihon Renmei style for 25 years and currently hold the rank of 5th dan. The video directly below is from a 4th dan kyudo test that I passed in 2008. Further down the page you can see some more recent shooting.


Clip 1 – When doing kyudo formally in a test or ceremony, the long form (taihai) is used where the kimono is prepared for shooting and one sits down while others shoot. This form takes about 10 minutes. (Mov. clip thanks to Suzuki-san)

Taihai (long form) (Quicktime)

Taihai (long form) (Windows)



Clip 2 – This is a 2 minute clip of one shot from the same two shot sequence shown in Clip 1, but from closer. (Mov. clip thanks to Joachim Oberhammer)

One shot – low res easy load (Windows or Mac)

One shot – (Quicktime)

Click on these links to see some video of me practicing at the Kyoto Budo Center in 2020.

2020 kyudo practice one shot

2020 kyudo practice two shots

If you are interested in learning more about Kyudo, here are some online articles:

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