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The South Carolina Kyudo Renmei
Japanese Archery ~ The Way of the Bow
February 10, 2015

To all affiliated Kyudoka,

I am happy to be able to invite you to Kyudo 2015. This seminar is offered under the umbrella of the International Kyudo Federation. It will be held at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The seminar will begin on July 27th for everyone and run through July 29th. Testing will be on July 30th. There will be no extra day of training for the more advanced students. To participate, you must have a working knowledge of taihai and be able to safely shoot 28 meters. Your renmei president must sign all application forms.

Here in the South, we like to create a comfortable atmosphere. We hope for a casual, friendly atmosphere that encourages an easy exchange of ideas. We have found this to be a successful format and hope that you learn many new things. The seminar will cost $390 ​per participant. This includes the cost of the seminar and meals from supper on arrival day to supper on exam day. In addition to the seminar fee, you will be responsible for your exam fee if testing.

The seminar fee does not include housing. If you want to stay on campus, a shared room in the dorms for five nights will cost ​an additional $150​ . If you elect to stay off campus, we will not be able to provide transportation to and from the seminar site for you.

This year we will be returning to The Villas, an apartment style dorm.
They are more spacious and more comfortable than other dorms. Please see (P) on the campus map. They are convenient to the Wellness Center (T) where the seminar will take place.

I am happy to say that dining has promised better meals this year than the last seminar.

Once fees are submitted to the IKYF there will be no refund.

All of the facilities at the school are air­conditioned. Also, the campus is entirely smoke free.

This year we will only be able to pick participants up from the Greenville/Spartanburg Airport (GSP). We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Since we will be participating in the seminar ourselves, the latest we will pick up is for flights arriving no later than 10:00 p.m. at GSP. There will be a $25 fee, payable at registration, for round trip transportation to the university. Also this year, for those wanting to leave asap, we will be offering return transportation to GSP airport after the exam (July 30th) starting at 4:00 p.m.

As this year’s seminar is under the IKYF, each country will be sending a spreadsheet with applicant information directly to the IKYF. Also, seminar fees will be collected by each country and sent directly to the IKYF. I will be providing each country with this information. However, I will still need the seminar application form posted on this website, as well as the test application and your signed waiver form.

Seminar and test applications from Argentina, Brazil and Mexico will still need to be signed by the AKR president. Canada, as a recognized renmei, will sign its own applications. AKR state renmei presidents will sign their own applications, as always. I will need all test applications by May 15th in order to get them to Japan in a timely manner. I will need seminar applications at the same time. All fees must be submitted with the applications.

If you plan on shipping your kyudo equipment, please ship to the following address:

Aaron Blackwell – National Kyudo Seminar 2015
C/O Special Events
800 University Way
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

(Please remember to bring return shipping papers.)

If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

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                                    2015 Seminar inforrmation

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Last updated: 02/10/15

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