History of the Martial Art

For the Japanese, the arch has always had a deep historical and cultural significance. Since the earliest times, the Japanese arc has had both sacred and functional use. Its practical evolution has never been to the detriment of the respect of the beauty, nor of the simple elegance of its form. Although it has long been a weapon of war, the bow has always been a symbolic and aesthetic object. When the bow became an obsolete weapon, the spiritual aspect of archery developed as a discipline in the service of peace and personal development, in the union of the strength of the warrior tradition and the dignity of the ceremonial. Among the famous ryû (traditions) are Ogasawara (1240) and Heki (1440). Path of elevation and development, the concept of rei ¬ respect for others ¬ has become the moral discipline that unites these elements and establishes the foundations of the practice of kyûdô ¬ the Way of the Arc ¬ term used for the first time in 1660 by the Master Morikawa Kôzan.

In the 1930s, the German philosopher Eugene Herrigel wrote a little classic "Zen in horseshoe art of archery", in which he recounts his personal experience of the study of the kyûdô in the great Master Awa Kenzô. This book was the first introduction of kyûdô in the West. The role played by Herrigel in the kyûdô at that time remains singular, and it is only in the post-war period, when contacts are more numerous that, gradually, a few Europeans go to meet the kyûdô and report , in their own countries, their personal experience. These beginnings are in the late 1960s. Interest has slowly but steadily developed. Today, 12 countries form the European Federation of Kyûdô (E.K.F.).

In the spirit of this social upheaval in post-war Japan, a national federation of kyûdô was created in 1953 to promote and make known the kyûdô in a modern world. Discipline with altruistic and aesthetic values ​​capable of deepening and enriching people's lives, the kyûdô, becoming a sport, could gain popularity. He then entered the curriculum of the schools and practiced it at the level of the clubs in the lycées and the universities. The Japan Kyûdô Federation, which has more than half a million members, has supported the development of kyûdô in Europe. The Japanese masters regularly travel to Europe and, through their teaching, transmit a genuine practice.

History of the Section

Charles Stampfli, a jûdô practitioner at the SDK, was introduced to the kyûdô during his stay in Japan in the early 1970s. On his return, he intrigued other members, including José Berrocosa and Jean-Pierre Sacchi, a bunch of straw in a corner of the dôjo de Liotard. The latter propose to him to create a section kyûdô. Charles Stampfli created his own dôjô in Plan-les-Ouates, Jean-Pierre Sacchi was in charge of the section until 1984.

In 1982, Erick Moisy is passionate about this discipline. He studied the bases for 10 years before going to Japan. He became the pupil of Furusawa Hiromu, Hanshi 8th dan, to whom he returned every two years. For the past fifteen years, the dimensions required for practice have made the kyûdô section emigrate to the gymnasium of the Ecole du Chemin De Roches on the left bank. Erick Moisy also teaches in Annecy and teaches various courses in France, which has created friendships with practitioners from other dôjô who regularly join the SDK kyûdô training and training sessions.