Shoko (Bell Tiger) Kyudojo of Philadelphia
"The Way of the Bow"
Centuries ago in Japan, archery was regarded as the highest discipline of the Samurai warrior. Then, as the bow lost its significance as a weapon of war, influenced by Buddhism, Shinto, Daoism and Confucianism, Japanese archery evolved into Kyudo, the "Way of the Bow", a powerful and highly refined contemplative practice.
Kyudo, as taught by Kanjuro Shibata XX, is not a competitive sport-marksmanship is regarded as relatively unimportant. According to Shibata Sensei, a master of the Heki Ryu Bishu Chikurin-ha school of Kyudo, the ultimate goal of Kyudo is to polish the mind- the same as in sitting meditation.
"One is not polishing one's shooting style or technique, but the mind. The dignity of shooting is the important point. This is how Kyudo differs from the common approach to archery. In Kyudo, there is no hope. Hope is not the point. The point is that through long and genuine practice your natural dignity as a human being comes out. This natural dignity is already in you, but many obstacles cover it up. When the obstacles are cleared away, one's natural dignity is allowed to shine forth." - Shibata Sensei.
Taught by authorized students of Kyudo Master Shibata Kanjuro, Sensei, who is a 20th generation Samurai and the Bow Maker to the Imperial Throne of Japan. Shoko Kyudojo is an affiliate of Zenko Kyudojo, a worldwide organization of Kyudo centers under the guidance of Kanjuro Shibata Sensei.
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