The group, JAPANESE AND TRADITIONAL HORSE AND BOW, is focused on the practice and preservation of all traditionally based Horse and Field Archery, with an emphasis on YABUSAME, a Japanese Samurai ritual involving participants to shoot at 3 targets from horseback in order to bring happiness and prosperity, and show deference to the gods. Riders wear traditional samurai hunting attire of the Kamakura period [1185–1333]. I began Yabusame in 2007 while living in Aomori, northern Japan, and I am pleased and excited to bring this form to Australia. I belong to a school, TACHIBANA RYU, which is based in Fukuoka. I have 1 practicing student, a few keen but unable to participate due to Corona restrictions on travel, and as mentioned, we are open to all forms of traditional horse and field archery!
I have been teaching and promoting standard [shortbow] horse archery for 2 years, and it has grown in popularity so much so that a club has been formed in the area, and I can now focus on my form, YABUSAME. I am happy to be part of QLHF, and the opportunity it has provided for this club to begin. We will hold regular tournaments, in conjunction with a local Medieval group, and hope to be able to provide an international event in the future.
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