New Zealand Kyudo Federation

About NZKF

The New Zealand Kyudo Federation (NZKF) promotes the practice and teaching of traditional Kyudo - the art of the Japanese bow - in New Zealand. The organisation represents New Zealand’s national charter in the All Nippon Kyudo Federation (ANKF) and the International Kyudo Federation (IKYF).

The NZKF is the governing body for ANKF kyudo in New Zealand, and aims to assist local groups in developing kyudo in both North and South Islands. The NZKF organises annual seminars for its members, usually held in Auckland. Our members also take part in international seminars held in Japan, and may take examinations for dan-ranking (issued by the All Nippon Kyudo Federation).

The NZKF is a non-profit voluntary organisation, governed by an elected committee. The practice of kyudo is supervised by a technical committee, composed of those members with the highest grading and experience in kyudo. Clubs (dojo) in New Zealand are established and given recognition by the NZKF and are under its supervision. Each dojo leader should be a graded person with appropriate experience to teach kyudo safely.

Kyudo

Kyudo, the way of the Bow, is one of the ancient martial arts of Japan. Kyudo is not merely shooting an arrow at a target. It is a way of life, a journey, a journey of pursuing the truth, the goodness and the beauty in life. Unlike western archery, this is not a competitive sport against others. The competition is with one’s inner self to harness the mind and to master the technique.

Why do Kyudo?

Kyudo is an excellent way to achieve physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It helps to improve mind-body coordination, posture, balance, muscle tone and general physical fitness. Even more importantly, it gives you a sense of joy and a feeling of accomplishment. It shows you the way to mindfulness. Kyudo is one of the most prestigious and respected martial art forms in Japan and around the world, practiced by many as a method of physical, moral and spiritual development.

How will I be taught?

The atmosphere in the dojo is one of friendship, togetherness and mutual respect. We have students from all walks of life, male and female. Some have been practicing Kyudo with us for more than 10 years, others are only just starting. Our ways are informal. Traditional courtesies, etiquette and cultural values are respected and encouraged.

How do I start practicing Kyudo?

Please find a local club in your area blow to register your interest and join a session.

How do I become an NZKF member?

After joining a club, your club will ask you to register as an NZKF member.

Being a New Zealand Kyudo Federation member will enable you to attend national and international Kyudo seminars, and take examinations. This is different from belonging to a local club.

Your local club's committee will let you know when you are ready to register as an NZKF member. Please do not apply without telling your local club

Clubs in New Zealand

Auckland

We're located in the YMCA Panmure (Lagoon Stadium), 44 Domain Road, Panmure. Our club president is Kumi Yasuda (3-dan).

For enquiries please contact:

Clemens Berndt - Secretary
secretary@kyudo.nz

Practice schedule & session info

  • Friday evenings at 6:45-9:00pm
  • Saturday evenings at 6:15-8:30pm
  • Equipment is supplied
  • Training sessions cost $20/session or $50/month if paid before 10th of each month

Please note the following cancellations for upcoming regular practice sessions:

  • Friday 24 June 2022
  • Saturday 25 June 2022
Attending the class during COVID-19 guidelines
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Sanitise your hands when entering the premises
  • Bring your own drinks as YMCA water fountains will not available
  • Clean and wipe equipment end of the class. Do not share Yumi/ Kake. Please keep no more than 4 arrows per person per visit
  • Check and register your name if you are using club equipment

Additional information on our venue's COVID-19 policy.

Beginner sessions

First session is free of charge. Please:

Palmerston North

We are located in the gym of the Institute of the Pacific United (IPU) campus,
57 Aokautere Dr, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North
. Our club president and contact person is:

Steven Needham (2-dan)
needhamsensei@yahoo.co.nz

Practice schedule & session info

  • Sundays 2-4:30pm
  • Equipment supplied for beginner training
  • Beginner practice: email to enquire

Wellington

We are located on the grounds of the Minoh Friendship House - 38 Normandale Road, Lower Hutt. Our club president is Phil Kirkman (3-dan).

For enquiries please contact:

Prae Songprasit (2-dan)
wellington@kyudo.nz

Practice schedule & session info

  • Sunday mornings at 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Training fee: $15/session
  • New members with previous experience and own equipment are welcome
  • First session is free of charge. Please email an introduction, and to let us know to expect you.
Beginner/introductory sessions

First session is free of charge, and equipment is supplied.

Please register your interest, and we will get back to you about the next available session.

Christchurch

We're located in the Christchurch Archery Range, Rawhiti Domain, New Brighton. Our club president and instructor is:

Dieter Anke (5-dan, Renshi)
anke@kyudo.nz

Practice schedule & session info

  • Sundays 10-12noon
  • Equipment provided
  • Beginner practice: phone or email to enquire

Contact us

For all non-club specifc enquiries, please reach out via info@kyudo.nz.

Postal address

New Zealand Kyudo Federation,

82 Percy Millen Drive, RD4, Pukekohe 2679, New Zealand