The Traditional Japanese Martial Art of the Way of the Bow


Kyudo, the Way of the Bow, is one of Japan's oldest and most honored martial traditions. Over the course of Japanese history, under the influence of Shinto beliefs, Confucian morality, and Buddhist philosophy (including but not limited to Zen), the technique of archery flowered into an art form where archery is practiced as a Way of seishin tanren or "spiritual forging." The diligent practice of Kyudo provides both a healthful exercise and a way of cultivating self-awareness and spiritual maturity which, in turn, leads to a realization of "Shin Zen Bi" or "Truth, Goodness and Beauty".