What can I expect from kyudo?
Kyudo is a martial art that focuses on personal development. It is a path that is best taken slow (even our shooting is slow) and long. If you enjoy a quiet martial art that allows you to focus on improving yourself, kyudo might be for you. Throughout your journey, there will be opportunities for you to meet like-minded people around the world and participate in international kyudo events.
When do we train?
We train every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm - although the dates may vary to accommodate for special events. Check our calendar for upcoming sessions.
Where do we train?
We train in the gymnasium of the Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus, Balmain Road, Sydney NSW 2040. Entrance via Derbyshire Road. Please navigate to 38 Derbyshire Rd in Google Maps then head north to reach a small gate for the school hall entrance. How to get there
How much is it all?
Annual membership is $95 - that includes membership to SKK, NSWKA and AKA (Australian Kyudo Association). Membership covers you for insurance purposes and gives you access to members-only events such as national seminars.
Every training session is $20pp, to cover the hiring cost of our training hall.
Are there any gender and age restrictions?
There are no specific age and gender restrictions in modern kyudo practice. However, kyudo requires good physical health in order to handle the bow and perform the required movements and postures such as seiza (traditional Japanese formal sitting on the floor, with the legs folded underneath the thighs). We currently only accept applicants over 16 years of age, with signed authorisation from their guardian.
Can I just come and watch a session?
Yes. Please arrange with us for an appointment. Please note that you will only be observing and not be able to participate. No photos or videos maybe taken either to respect the privacy of our members.
I want to start kyudo - what do I do?
Enrol in our introductory course. You are welcome to come and watch a session first, just contact us prior (for COVID-19 related reasons). The course is held 2-3 times a year and has limited places. It is designed to teach you the basics and give you a taste of kyudo.
If I do the course, will I be shooting straight away?
No. Kyudo is a dangerous martial art and we will need to make sure you are not a danger to yourself and others before organising your first shot. Kyudo is a lifelong art, patience is required.
I don't have any equipment - can I still join?
Yes. We have club bows and arrows to get you started. Wear comfortable and loose clothing, as well as socks you don't mind dirtying. Please do not buy any equipment until you have talked to us.
I used to practise kyudo - do I have to do the introductory course?
To operate in a safe environment with live arrows, please drop us a line for a discussion about your experience. If you have sufficient experience, you can join straight in our regular training sessions.