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Three WSKS members pass grading exams at IKYF Telford shinsa

Four members from the West of Scotland Kyudo Society attended the International Kyudo Federation European seminar and shinsa (examination) in Telford, UK this July. WSKS is happy to announce that three members were successfully passed their shinsa, with one new 2nd dan, one 3rd dan and one 4th dan. Congratulations!

Members received intensive instruction from highly graded Sensei from Japan and had the opportunity to meet with attendees who have travelled from as far as Taiwan and the United States.

Three WSKS members also volunteered to work as staff during the course of the European Seminar. The Society is thankful to the United Kingdom Kyudo Association, the European Kyudo Federation, the IKYF and most especially to all the participants and attendees who made the event possible.

July practice break

July practice break
The West of Scotland Kyudo Society will be taking a short break from practices from 10th July 2017 through 29th July 2017. Practices will resume as normal at Prestwick on Sunday 30th July 2017 with Edinburgh practice dates to be confirmed in due course. There will also be delays in replies to emails until 24th July.

Beginners – September 2017
Please note that while we will accept beginners from September 2017, those who have reached a stage of being able to shoot will be expected to make an effort to attend a Prestwick practice at least once a month. In our main dojo in Prestwick, we learn/practise taihai (formalised movements), kihon no shisei and kihon no dousa (basic postures and movements), tachi timing (shooting as a group) and progressing toward shooting matomae (shooting at a target of a distance of 28 metres). For more details, please see our page Where can I practise?


Next beginner intake: September 2017

Thank you to all who have contacted the West of Scotland Kyudo Society with an interest in learning Kyudo.

Our current beginners Kyudo course is oversubscribed. We will start accepting new beginners interested in learning Kyudo from September 2017. However, before commiting to learning Kyudo, we strongly advise first observing a Kyudo practice (preferably in Prestwick). We welcome observers at practices all year round through prior arrangement by email.

Please be advised that our Edinburgh practice is currently for makiwara (straw target) training only. It is expected that regular members make a commitment to attend and practise matomae (Kyudo training with targets at full distance of 28 metres) at least once per month.

For more information please click on “Where can I practise?” at the top of the page.

2017 International Kyudo Federation European Seminar – Telford, UK

It has been announced that the International Kyudo Federation (IKYF) European Seminar will be held at Telford International Centre in Telford, United Kingdom. This seminar is supervised by the United Kingdom Kyudo Association with support from the European Kyudo Federation.

The seminar will take place from 12th July to 22nd July and exam dates on certain days. For more information, please contact your country’s kyudo federation.



A new year: Kyudo in Edinburgh

Happy New Year to all from everyone at the West of Scotland Kyudo Society.

Our group has had quite the busy year having recently completed our Beginners Kyudo Course in Edinburgh at the end of November, our end of the year practice and now having recently started our practices for the new year: 2017. We would like to thank the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and a big thank you to those who have participated in our course.

We are happy to announce that we are holding makiwara practices in Edinburgh starting Wednesday 25th January 2017. Those interested in Kyudo in Edinburgh are welcome to observe a Kyudo practice by prior arrangement. Please note that while we are happy to welcome observers, we also need to ensure that our current learners are accommodated due to limited space. We may therefore request for you to observe on a future date to accommodate everyone comfortably.

Please contact us at if you are interested in observing a Kyudo practice in Edinburgh.

Registration closed for Beginners Kyudo course

The West of Scotland Kyudo Society would like to thank everyone who has contacted us and registered for our Beginners Kyudo Course starting on 25th September 2016 in Edinburgh. Those who have registered will have received email confirmation.

Registration is now closed as our course has reached maximum capacity. Many thanks to all who have expressed interest.

Limited places available on Beginners Kyudo Course – Edinburgh

Limited places are available on the West of Scotland Kyudo Society’s Beginners Kyudo Course being held in Edinburgh starting Sunday 25th September 2016. Registration forms and information packs have been sent out in response to requests.

If you are interested in joining the course, please contact us at to request a registration form and information pack. We encourage for registration forms to be sent to us soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.