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Whether you are a long-time practitioner or are simply interested in kyudo, we hope you will enjoy these books based on our years of study with the late kyudo master Hideharu Onuma, Hanshi Kyudan,
15th Generation Headmaster of the Heki-ryu Sekka Ha style of traditional Japanese archery.
Kyudo: The Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery, Hideharu Onuma with Dan and Jackie DeProspero, Kodansha International, Tokyo, ISBN 4-7700-1734-0

Hard Cover

This hardbound book is used worldwide as an instructional text for the practice of Japanese archery. It is filled with hundreds of detailed photographs and illustrations that cover every aspect of the art of kyudo: history, philosophy, spiritual connections, equipment, and technique. One reviewer calls it "Clearly and simply the definitive text on kyudo. It is perhaps the very best martial arts book I've ever seen."

Available at most major bookstores or online at
Illuminated Spirit: Conversations with a Kyudo Master,
Dan and Jackie DeProspero, 2007 revised edition, Koryu Books, Berkeley Heights, NJ, ISBN 978-1-890536-11-4
Illuminated Spirit presents the wisdom and knowledge of Master Hideharu Onuma in a simple, straightforward style. His thoughts on topics such as managing anger, channeling stress, taking responsibility, and striving for excellence are as easily applied to one's daily life as to the art of kyudo. The book includes many old and rare photographs that beautifully document the life and teachings of this great kyudo master.
Revised edition, available from Koryu Books at
We also recommend the English version of the All Nippon Kyudo Federation's instructional manual
Kyudo Manual, vol. 1: Principles of Shooting
All Nippon Kyudo Federation
Available directly from:

All Nippon Kyudo Federation
Kishi Memorial Hall
1-1-1 Jinnan
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8050
Tel:  (03) 3481-2387 
Fax: (03)3481-2398 

This site is maintained by Dan and Jackie DeProspero, co-authors with their teacher, Hideharu Onuma Hanshi, of the books
Kyudo: The Essence and Practice of Japanese Archery and Illuminated Spirit: Conversations with a Kyudo Master—Revised April 2, 2012
Copyright © 1998 Dan and Jackie DeProspero

Clearly and simply, Kyudo: The Essence & Practice of Japanese Archery, by Hideharu Onuma, with Dan and Jackie DeProspero, is THE definitive text. It's perhaps the very best martial arts book I've seen and I'm not even very interested in kyudo. It is well written, well designed, with superb photographs and diagrams. All books should be this good. It's another book in the Kodansha International list. A companion volume, titled Illuminated Spirit: Conversations with a Kyudo Master, by the DeProsperos, is a more in-depth look at Onuma Hideharu sensei's outlook on training in budo and how the way it relates to one's life. It is just as well done as the first book, on technique, and is available from Koryu Books.

Reviewed by: Meik Skoss