Kyudo Archer Arrow Ready
As part of the ceremony/press conference held to commemorate the signing of Angel's Gate's new 30 year lease, Hirokazu Kosaka and Rick Beal from the Los Angeles Kyudo Kai performed a purification rite and blessing.
Kyudo is the formal study of Japanese archery. Unlike many other martial arts, it is often taught as a meditation technique and process. A student of Kyudo may study for years before firing a single arrow.
The bow is now drawn. Here the essential differences between the practical aspects of Kyudo and almost all other forms of archery are displayed. First, most noticable, the bow is held about 1/3 of the way from the bottow, and is shaped assymetrically. Secondly, the archer draws back behind his ear. In Western archery the bow would never be drawn past the ear. Third, the distance from the target is mininmal. In Kyudo, accuracy is secondary to form.