This year's Virginia Kyudo Seminar with Dan DeProspero Sensei took place on June 21 and 22, 2014. The first day was at the Alexandria Dojo in downtown Alexandria, VA., and the second day was at the outdoor Dojo at the backyard of Bill (of the Virginia Renmei) Sensei’s home. All the participants enjoyed the seminar at two different locations, but especially the practice at the Dojo in the beautiful backyard was outstanding. A bald eagle showed up for our good luck right before the practice and was observing us from the top of the tree. Then she/he took off as he probably figured out what we were going to do. He looked so beautiful!
The seminar was instructed by Dan Sensei with the support of Bill Sensei and Fumiko (of the NJ/Y Kyudo-kai) Sensei. Every participants got her/his own personal instruction from Dan Sensei to improve technical skills and/or correct forms, but overall, it was a great seminar to bring us back to the basics, regardless of the level. We were reminded that, to achieve the right mind shooting, we need to be aware of the fundamentals: right way of walking, standing, sitting, mezukai, breathing and so forth. All written in Kyohon! We always need to be mindful. Thank you very much, Dan Sensei, for the important teaching to us.
And the hospitality provided by the Virginia Kyudo Renmei was wonderful. They set up the clean and beautiful Dojo for the seminar. The healthy and well- balanced buffet lunch was very delicious. Their restaurant choice for two days after the seminar was excellent, and the participants really enjoyed the Japanese and Indian foods. But the most impressive treat was Bill Sensei’s coffee! It was out of this world!!
Our next joint seminar with the Virginia group will be early in October at the Dojo either in New Jersey or New York. We hope to see you all again, and whoever could not make this time, we will see you then!
Again Dan Sensei, thank you very much for the wonderful seminar!