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Ogasawara-ryu Kyuba-jutsu

Recorded at the 2009 Nihon Kobudo Kyokai Enbu Taikai demonstration at the Nippon Budokan, Feb. 8th.

Kyujutsu at Wexford Archery

On the coldest day of the year in Ireland. A team of Kyūjutsu students from the Dragons Lair dojo in Kilkenny provide a demonstration ahead of the annual Wexford Archery Clout Shoot at Woodville House, New Ross, Co. Wexford.


Ogawa Ryu - Kyujutsu Rare Backstage - Original Training Scenes - 2005

rare Scenes in 2005

Japanese Martial Arts - Kagami Biraki 2019 鏡開き

Kagami Biraki is a rice cake breaking ceremony dating from the 15th Century when samurai would dedicate rice cakes (mochi) on New Year's Day to the gods to purify their weapons and armor. After the New Years holidays they would break and share the mochi with their family and allies to strengthen bonds between them.

In modern times, kagami biraki is the first martial arts practice for many dojos. At Nippon Budokan on Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi on the second Monday of January) they do a rice-breaking ceremony in samurai armor then do demonstrations of nine martial arts in the following order - kyudo, karate, jukendo, aikido, naginata, judo, shorinji kempo, kendo, and sumo. Then at the end eight of these martial arts are all demonstrated at the same time - budo hajime.

Kyūjutsu 弓術 japanische Bogen-Kunst

Goshinkan Ninjutsu im Sakura Honbu Dojo Leipzig Bogenschießen 🎯

Japanese master of Kyūdō

Kyūdō is the Japanese martial art of archery. Experts in kyūdō are referred to as kyūdōka (弓道家). Kyūdō is based on kyūjutsu (art of archery), which originated with the samurai class of feudal Japan.[1] Kyūdō is practised by thousands of people worldwide. As of 2005, the International Kyudo Federation had 132,760 graded members.Kyūdō is practised in many different schools, some of which descend from military shooting and others that descend from ceremonial or contemplative practice. Therefore, the emphasis is different. Some emphasise aesthetics and others efficiency. Contemplative schools teach the form as a meditation in action. In certain schools, to shoot correctly will result inevitably in hitting the desired target. For this a phrase seisha hitchū, true shooting, certain hitting, is used.

According to the Nippon Kyūdō Federation the supreme goal of kyūdō is the state of shin-zen-bi, roughly truth-goodness-beauty,[6] which can be approximated as: when archers shoot correctly (i.e. truthfully) with virtuous spirit and attitude toward all persons and all things which relate to kyūdō (i.e. with goodness), beautiful shooting is realised naturally.

Kyūdō practice, as in all budō, includes the idea of moral and spiritual development. Today many archers practise kyūdō as a sport, with marksmanship being paramount. However, the goal most devotees of kyūdō seek is seisha seichū, correct shooting is correct hitting. In kyūdō the unique action of expansion (nobiai) that results in a natural release, is sought. When the technique of the shooting is correct the result is that the arrow hits the target. To give oneself completely to the shooting is the spiritual goal, achieved by perfection of both the spirit and shooting technique leading to munen musō, no thoughts, no illusions. This however is not Zen, although Japanese bow can be used in Zen-practice or kyūdō practised by a Zen master.[7] In this respect, many kyūdō practitioners believe that competition, examination, and any opportunity that places the archer in this uncompromising situation is important, while other practitioners will avoid competitions or examinations of any kind.

Since the Second World War kyūdō has often been associated with Zen Buddhism. But not all kyūdō schools include a religious or spiritual component. This popular view is likely the result of a single book Zen in the Art of Archery (1948) by the German author Eugen Herrigel. Herrigel spoke only a little Japanese, generally using a translator to speak with his teacher. His view on kyūdō was in part due to mis-communication and also to his exposure to a contemplative form of kyūdō. Even so, Herrigel's book, when translated into Japanese in 1956, had a huge impact on perception of kyūdō also in Japan.

Kyūjutsu 弓術 Bogen-Kunst

Bogenschießen 🎯 im Sakura Honbu Dojo Leipzig

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Japan, 700 years of martial tradition - Yoroi Kizome - Kagamibiraki

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Japanese modern Budo are a heritage of ancient traditions going back to the 12th century.
A tradition that evolved from the ruthless killings of the Kamakura jidai civil wars, to modern ways of self-development that aim to benefit the people of the world.

Going through many changes along the way, Japan is perhaps the civilization that has the most reflected on the deep meaning of martial ways.
Martial ways survived the relative peace of the Edo period and were enriched with arts, spirituality and religion.
Martial ways survived the Meiji revolution and the westernization of Japanese society, evolving into ways of education.
Martial ways survived the defeat of WWII, and continued to evolve to stay relevant to the people of their time.

The Kagamibiraki ceremony and the Yoroi Kizome ceremony that take place yearly at the Nippon Budokan are here to honor the History of those arts.
Budo demonstrations are held as an act of modernity that shows what is accomplished today in Dojos around the world on a daily basis.
And the Budo Hajime, first practice of the year, shows us the diversity today's adepts. The younger generation, practicing tirelessly, ready to take over and carry on the tradition, in their own way.

This year, we were invited by the association for the conservation of ancient armors to witness and capture this event from behind the scenes.
The highlight video we publish today is a tribute 700 hundred years of tradition, a sign of respect to the people of our time, and a bottle at sea for future generations.


The Kagamibiraki is a traditional ceremony which translates to opening the mirror (symbolically).
Taking its roots in the Shogunate, it is strongly linked to Budo practice and it is natural that the Budo Hajime (first practice of the year) is celebrated at the same time.

At the Nippon Budokan, the ceremony is held at the beginning of January and consists in:
- The Kagamibiraki, with a historical reconstruction (in armor).
- Budo Demonstrations (by the 9 official Budo).
- Budo Hajime (first practice of the year, all practitioners present can practice).
- The Oshiruko kai. “Oshiruko” is a traditional and popular sweet azuki bean paste soup with mochi (which symbolize the sharing of the mochi that was broken before during the ceremony).

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Kyujutsu no Kihon (Basics of Archery)

Young Genin group (7-12 y/o). AMA Ninja Division. Academy of Martial Arts Budokan, Modern and Traditional Martial Arts Training Hall. Visit us

Instinctive archery - 3D Bergeijk 2019

a day of fun shooting a 3D course in the Netherlands together with friends!

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ninjutsu ninpo kogei kagashi ryu
mikkyo bonji den ninja bujutsu kyudo kyujutsu

Flêches et encochage

Flêches et encochage - recommandations des sensei au Grand Stage National de Basse-Goulaine 2019

Scottish Twohander & Archery - Experiment

Various sources describe Highland battles in the 16th century as a frequent use of bow and arrows for skirmishing and when all arrows are spent, the warriors attacking each other with twohanders, battle-axes etc.

About the way the Highland Greatsword was carried there is some discussion. We know that sheats existed and that the sword could be carried in a baldric on the side. Even though some texts mention the twohander being slung on the back or carried on the back it is not known if this was true or is a popular misconception.

It is also not clear if the lighter armed warriors were doing the archery or if the heavier armed fighters were fighting with their bows first and then used their swords and axes. The latter seems to have been the common way, but also light armed archers existed too. I.e. the famous Dürer sketch shows Irish warriors and Galloglass, one of them in chainmail and helmet armed with a twohanded sword and bow and arrows.

So I decided to do a little field test of how practical it is to carry the twohander in a baldric on my side and doing archery with it. This video shows my first experiment and my conclusions.

More to come in future :-)

Also see the mentioned video by my buddy Tom about arrows and arrow making:

And his video on the Longbow:

Read Coll´s excellent article on Gaelic Archery here:

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Ogawa Ryu - Kyujutsu in Bujutsu- Talking about Hankyuu and Koshiya - 2014

Shuidoshi Luis Nogueira in Valencia - Spain

100# Form Practice (ambidextrous)

100# form practice (ambidextrous)
Gao Ying's Ming Chinese military archery form.

Bows: AF Archery FB08 (100#@28-from-back) and MR Bows Tiron (100#@28-from-back)
Special thanks to Blake Cole for comparing research notes & encouragement

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Ogawa Ryu - 弓術 Kyujutsu - 発射の式 - Hassha no Shiki - 2014

Shidoshi Luis Nogueira
Teruel - Spain

Archery in Japanese armor - Kyujutsu in Yoroi - First attempt

First time wearing my new armor. Hakama and Jinbaori are made by me. And of course I wanted to try out some archery in it. It was for fun, nevertheless, still I learned a lot from it:

* Look for different Hakama, so it fits in the Suneate

* Losen the Himo of the armor in order to be able to reach full draw

* Use Yugake (glove) instead of Thumbring

* Etc...

It's not easy for the first time. Heavy armor, hard to move, etc. Deep respect for Samurai on the battlefield in summertime!

All educational things aside... It is truly a lot of fun. Thanks to Iron Mountain Armory for the fantastic Yoroi; thanks to Sarmat Archery for the excellent Hankyu.

Ogawa Ryu - 弓術 Kyujutsu - Carlos Santos - Training Moments - 2014

in Valencia - Spain



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