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Instructor Info:Samuel Kanner
Office Extension x5729
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM Robert Crown Center 21
03:30 PM - 05:00 PM Robert Crown Center 21
Description: Beginning Kyudo, Japanese Zen Archery: Archery was once considered the most elite of all samurai fighting arts. To be an archer meant you were beholden to defending your lord's stronghold from far away threats. After the period of great civil war ended in Japan by 1600 A.D., the samurai class were left with very few ways to keep their skills honed on the battlefield. The need to repurpose their fighting arts turned them away from the emphasis of destruction and closer towards self-refinement. Students will encounter a standing form of Zen meditation or Ritsuzen, in the manner of learning The Way of the Japanese bow. At the beginning level, students will concentrate on learning the first step-by-step form called The Seven Coordinations, or Shichido. This precise form represents the basic method of firing one arrow. Students will begin by becoming acquainted with the equipment through simulated shooting and subsequently live shooting from a short distance. The target, which is only seven feet away, serves the archer as a mirror, reflecting the status of his mind and spirit. Class will meet in the South Lounge, 2nd floor of the Robert Crown Center. 5-College students will be graded pass/fail.