The Kyudo is a Japanese martial art that focuses on archery. The bow, named Yumi, is an asymmetrical bow, with its upper part being much larger than the bottom one and has a height of about 180 cm. A traditional Yumi is made of bamboo, wood and leather and the techniques have not changed for a long time.
Like other martial arts too, kyudo sees the individual as a whole consisted of – mind, body and spirit. In this way it teaches the esoteric peace and how to focus with a clear mind to the ultimate goal.
In the practice of kyudo, a major role plays not only where the arrow will reach to, but also how the techniques will be executed. The trainers must reach a meditative state, even before getting into their hands to Yumi. They should focus and clean their minds. After this point the movements are smooth and fluid like a dance. As his eyes are focused on the target, the archer is possessed by a sense of peace and as a result a successful shot is possible.