forms of practice

Here is a list of exercise options that can be practiced by all Kyudojin as soon as suitable facilities are available and prior guidance has been provided by experienced Kyudojin.

Practice on the straw roll

Distance: Approx. 2 m
Target Ø: 30-50cm from straw
1 arrow without feathers or with narrow feathers (Hane -羽)
Lace (Yajiri - 矢尻)

 Makiwara – 巻藁  with Makiwaradai – 巻藁台


Castle shooting (fluent shooting)
Originally, Inagashi was a test for archers. The aim was to shoot a "hail of arrows" at a target to weaken an enemy sensitively.

Distance: as far as the arrow flies
Goal: only imaginary
Arrows with feathers

May only be practiced in safe terrain!

These are often used targets:

Mato-Renshu "Hitote" 一手
one hand (1 pair of arrows in the hand)

distance: 28 m

The individual steps are listed here:

1. Ritsu rey  (Honza)

2. Approach on Shai

3. Ashibumi

4. Sumi



5. put feet back together

6. Kneel down

7. Set up Yumi so that he touches the left knee

8. turn the yumi with your right little finger

9. Insert arrows: first Haya (cam in)

10. then Otoya

(feathers to target)

11. Pause

12. Ashibumi

(Tsuru holding)

13. Matowari (Sumashi)

14. Appoint Otoya

15. Torikake


17. Uchiokoshi

18. Hikitori / Kai

19. Hanare / Zanshin

20. Yumidaoshi –

back to No. 5


All practitioners do the whole form together and follow the tempo of the first person. This form increases mindfulness because one is not only directed at oneself, but one fits into the group. The more precise the synchronisation is, the more powerful this form of practice becomes.

As in synchronous practice, a very high level of mindfulness is required here. There are different forms of mindfulness. When there are four people, the first one synchronizes with the third and the second with the fourth. The sequence must be followed exactly.

With three shooters, a precise sequence is prescribed. All the shooters shoot one at a time. The rhythm of the coordination should be harmonious.

Advanced practitioners should introduce these forms in the group. Later we will publish videos of the individual forms.

Shooting in the kneeling position. This form comes from the original war shooting. The kneeling position offers the shooter less surface for the opponent to attack.

Enteki shooting is a practice at 60 m. Because of the very long distance the Ya would land in the ground before the target when shooting like in the Hitote. Therefore the yunde (bow hand) has to be slightly lifted in the quay and the right elbow leans down slightly.

Distance: 60 m
Target Ø: 158 cm
2 arrows with feathers