Apr
2
2014

Vancouver – Introduction to Kyudo Course, Spring 2014

Posted by: KAC Vancouver

The Introduction to Kyudo Course is designed to provide new students with a guide during their first steps into Kyudo.  We require all prospective students with no prior Kyudo Experience to complete this course before joining our regular class.  In this course you will learn dojo safety, etiquette, and a brief history of Kyudo.  You will then receive hands-on practice of shooting technique, basic movements and postures. Most of the course will be taught using a gomuyumi (rubber practice bow) and will concentrate on the fundamentals.  If you successfully complete the course you will have a good grounding to be able to practice effectively and safely with the regular class.

Course Dates:

The course will run for ten weeks and will be on Saturdays (14:30 to 17:00).

The first class starts on May 3rd and will run through July 5th.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Attendance is mandatory in order to successfully pass the course and join the regular class.  This is both for to prepare you for regular practice and to ensure your safety and the safety of your fellow students.

Registration:

To register, simply email us at vancouver@kyudo.ca with

  • • Your name
  • • Your telephone number (in case a class is canceled).

Location:

Each class is held at the Vancouver Japanese Language School.  Class is usually held in the main gym, but during school events class will be held in the centre classroom of the 3rd or 4th floors.

Prerequisites:

If you have not visited one of our classes yet, we require that you do so before the course begins.  This is so you have an opportunity to see how class is conducted and to confirm whether or not Kyudo is something you would like to do before you commit your money and time.  Kyudo takes a great deal of patience, especially in the early stages.  You may drop in to any of our classes (Saturdays from 15:00-17:00 and Mondays from 19:00-21:00).

Your Kyudo school supplies are as follows:

  • • Socks (warm socks recommended for the winter months, or tabi if you have them)
  • • Black pants
  • • White top
  • • Notebook and pen or pencil

All other materials and equipment will be provided.

Fees:

The course fee is $150.  It is payable upon your first class and is non-refundable.  You can pay your fee in one of three ways:

  1. In cash on the day of your first class
  2. Via paypal (please contact us for paypal information), or
  3. Via personal cheque (please make cheques out to “Mike Nakatsu”)

If you decide to stick with Kyudo after successfully completing the Beginner’s course, you will join the regular class and pay $60/month. We hold regular classes on Saturdays from 14:30 to 17:00, and Mondays from 18:30 – 19:00.  Class times may occasionally change due to space availability.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Hope to see you soon!

Tabitha Nakajima
Michael Tanaka

Dojo Managers, KAC – Vancouver


Sep
18
2013

Kyudo Association of Canada AGM

Posted by: Motomasa Mori

The Kyudo Association of Canada will hold their AGM via Skype between Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria, on Saturday, October 12, 2013 11:45PST/2:45EST.

Please check with your respective dojo to find out who will be hosting the Skype session(s) in your city.

Those who are paid members for 2013 may vote on Association business.

Further details will follow…


Jul
29
2013

Vancouver – Introduction to Kyudo Course, Fall 2013

Posted by: Motomasa Mori

The Introduction to Kyudo Course is designed to provide new students with a guide during their first steps into Kyudo.  We require all prospective students with no prior Kyudo Experience to complete this course before joining our regular class.  In this course you will learn dojo safety, etiquette, and a brief history of Kyudo.  You will then receive hands-on practice of shooting technique, basic movements and postures.  Most of the course will be taught using a gomuyumi (rubber practice bow) and will concentrate on the fundamentals.  If you successfully complete the course you will have a good grounding to be able to practice effectively and safely with the regular class.

Course Dates:

The course will run for eight classes in starting in October.  The course will be on Saturdays (14:30 to 17:00).

The first class starts on October 5th and runs through November 30th.  Please note there will be no class October 26th due to an annual Taikai that day.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Attendance is mandatory in order to successfully pass the course and join the regular class.  This is both for to prepare you for regular practice and to ensure your safety and the safety of your fellow students.

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Jul
20
2013

Kyudo Demonstration at Powell Street Festival 2013

Posted by: Motomasa Mori

The Kyudo Asociation of Canada Vancouver will once again be performing a demonstration of kyudo at the annual Powell Street Festival this summer.

The demonstration will take place on Saturday August 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Vancouver Japanese Language School and Hall, a block away from Oppenheimer Park where most of the Powell Street Festival festivities are happening.

Seating is limited, so please arrive early to ensure a place.

For more information about the Powell Street Festival and the most up-to-date schedule, please go to www.powellstreetfestival.com


May
22
2013

KAC Kyudo Workshop – Ottawa 2013

Posted by: Aleem Azhar

video of the event:


May
13
2013

KAC Kyudo Workshop – Ottawa 2013

Posted by: Aleem Azhar

The KAC will be hosting an Introductory Workshop on Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Ottawa Japanese Karate Association, 475 Cambridge Street, K15 4H6. Due to limited space, registration and a fee of $10 will be required for attendance. If there is enough interest, we will consider another session on Saturday, June 8.

Please register to reserve your spot.

Stay tuned for more details.


Apr
12
2013

Fifth Kyudo Introductory Course to begin in September (Toronto)

Posted by: Aleem Azhar

Seikyu Kai is pleased to announce a fifth, 15-week Introductory Course to be offered at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) starting in September. Students without prior experience must complete the Introductory Course to be accepted in the regular kyudo program. Students with prior experience should inquire with JCCC.

The Introductory Course is divided into 5 stages:

  1. Hassetsu (The Eight Stages of Shooting and Posture)
  2. Gomu-yumi (Practice Bow)
  3. Subiki (Drawing the bow without an arrow)
  4. Makiwara (Shooting towards a short-distance target)
  5. Taihai (ceremonial shooting)

By the time the course finishes, students will have acquired the basic skill and knowledge required to join the regular class and continue on to the next level.

Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013 – Saturday, January 11, 2014
Time: 2:45pm – 4:45pm
Fees: $220 + HST (Please note that JCCC Membership is also required.)
Location: Tatami Dojo at the JCCC.
Equipment: Please wear loose, comfortable clothes and socks. All other equipment will be provided.
Classes are restricted to those 16 years & over.

There will be no classes on October 12, November 2, 9, December 28. Please note that some classes may be cancelled as a result of schedule changes requested by the JCCC. If this does happen, the course will be extended beyond January 11 to make a total of 15 classes. It is not mandatory to attend all 15 classes. If you cannot attend one or two classes there are enough instructors and assistants available so that those who miss a class can receive missed instruction the following week. However, we encourage everyone to attend as many classes as possible because material in each class will build on the last.

Registration Procedure

  1. As a prerequisite to registration, all potential candidates must visit and watch a regular kyudo class for at least a half hour between 11:30am-12:30pm on any Saturday from May 11 to July 20 excluding June 29.
  2. At the class, please introduce yourself to one of the instructors and your name will be recorded on a list indicating that you have visited a class, thereby meeting the registration pre-requisite. Please note that being on this list does not necessarily guarantee you a spot in the beginners’ course. The intent of the visit is to ensure that you have some understanding of a typical kyudo class before deciding to join the course. So please feel free to ask questions while you are there.
  3. Formal registration starts Monday, July 29, 2013 and you must register directly with the JCCC by phone or in person. The class size is limited to 20 people and spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis starting July 29. You must pay at the time of your registration and your name must be on the aforementioned list in order to officially join the course.

Apr
2
2013

2013 Toronto Kyudo Seminar

Posted by: Aleem Azhar

Seikyu Kai will once again have the honour of hosting Aaron Blackwell-Sensei (Kyoshi, Roku-dan) and Reiko Blackwell-san (Go-dan) for our annual kyudo seminar in Toronto. Blackwell-Sensei is the president of the South Carolina Kyudo Renmei in Simpsonville, SC, USA.

Date(s): Jun 30-July 1, 2013
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Center, Toronto, Ontario

This seminar is open to all affiliate organizations. Please email seminar@toronto.kyudo.ca if you would like to attend.


Oct
17
2012

KAC Annual General Meeting – Nov. 17, 2012

Posted by: Motomasa Mori

Kyudo Association of Canada announces its Annual General Meeting

Saturday, November 17, 2012 • 11:45 a.m. PST / 14:45 EST / 04:45 JST (Nov. 18)

Vancouver: Vancouver Japanese Language School, 2nd floor Board Room

Via Skype: Toronto, Okayama, Victoria

 

Outgoing Board of Directors:

President: Motomasa Mori (4-dan)
Vice President: Mie Takahashi (renshi 5-dan)
Treasurer: Ernie Bodrogi (1-dan)
Secretary: Tane Akamatsu (2-dan)
Director at Large: Brian Angene (3-dan)

AGENDA:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Establishment of Quorum
  3. President’s report
  4. Secretary’s report
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Vote to approve the 2012/2013 KAC operating budget
  7. Election of Directors
  8. Termination of Meeting

Proxies due at beginning of the meeting.  If you are voting by proxy, please be sure to fill in the attached proxy form and hand it in to your dojo representative by the beginning of the meeting.


Aug
31
2012

Vancouver Open House on Sept. 8, 2012

Posted by: Motomasa Mori

The Kyudo Association of Canada Vancouver will be having an open house class on Sept. 8, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. If you are interested in kyudo and possibly taking part in the Beginner’s Class, this would be a perfect opportunity to observe one of our classes (a required pre-requisite).

For more information, please email vancouver@kyudo.ca