The West Embraces an Ancient Art Form

For hundreds of years, the grace and tranquillity of archery has served as an ideal expression of Japanese culture. Kyudo, the oldest form of Japanese martial arts, employs the use of exquisite, handcrafted bows and arrows in order to perfectly balance the archer’s technique with the mind and body. This in turn allows one to connect with the inner human spirit to improve one’s personality and achieve a pure mind. It is only in the last 30 years that the mysteries of kyudo have been taught in the West, with schools popping up worldwide. A search of inner peace and reveal the secrets behind kyudo’s recent mass appeal.

Text  Jules Marshall