For those of you not familiar with the Kyudo Alliance, it is a private organization founded by Sensei Aaron Blackwell, Kyoshi sixth dan and Sensei Edwin Symmes, Renshi fifth dan. Members gather in Atlanta, GA or Simpsonville, SC four times a year for a three day intensive training seminar.
In addition, Symmes Sensei just returned from teaching seminars in California and Canada. Blackwell Sensei will be heading back to Mexico City next month for a seminar there. The Kyudo Alliance participates in area cultural events as well and works hard to contribute to the social, moral, aesthetic and athletic development of its members and to promote the growth of Kyudo however and whenever possible. It supports all ANKF (All Nippon Kyudo Federation) and IKYF (International Kyudo Federation) events and teaches the All Nippon Kyudo Renmei forms. All instructors are certified by the ANKF. The Kyudo Alliance is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Kyudo as the traditional Japanese Budo of Archery and upholds The Budo Charter.
The Budo Charter is as follows:
ARTICLE 1 (OBJECT): The object of Budo is to cultivate character, enrich the ability to make value judgments, and foster a well disciplined and capable individual through participation in physical and mental training utilizing martial techniques.
ARTICLE 2 (KEIKO): When practicing daily, one must constantly follow decorum, adhere to the fundamentals, and resist the temptation to pursue mere technical skill rather than the unity of mind and technique.
ARTICLE 3 (SHIAI): In a match and the performance of kata, one must manifest Budo spirit, exert oneself to the utmost, win with modesty, accept defeat gracefully, and constantly exhibit temperate attitudes.
ARTICLE 4 (DOJO): The dojo is a sacred place for training one’s mind and body. Here one must maintain discipline, proper etiquette, and formality. The training area must be a quiet, clean, safe and solemn environment.
ARTICLE 5 (TEACHING): When teaching trainees, in order to be an effective teacher, the budo master should always strive to cultivate one’s character, and further one’s own skill and discipline of mind and body. One should not be swayed by winning or losing, or display arrogance about one’s superior skill but rather one should retain the attitudes suitable for a role-model.
ARTICLE 6 (PROMOTION): When promoting budo, one should follow traditional values, seek substantial training, contribute to research, and do one’s utmost to perfect and preserve this traditional art with an understanding of international points of view.
The Kyudo Alliance has evidenced its value through the growth of its members, not only in numbers, but more so through helping members apply what is written in the Kyohon to technique and everyday life. It is a cultural, social, mental, and physical experience. It is an inspiration and motivation each time this group gathers. I am honored to be a part of this organization. My goal is to give back whatever I can, in whatever way possible, that which I have gained through Kyudo and the Kyudo Alliance.
The Kyudo Alliance web page is under development and can be accessed @ http://www.kyudoalliance.com