Watch the masters of Japanese archery, or kyudo, effortlessly perform in a documentary film.
Kyudo literally means “way of the bow” in Japanese, and the Japanese martial art of archery has been practiced since as early as 500 B.C.
Empty Mind Films’ documentary, “One Shot. One Life.” spotlights kyudo, the art of crafting bows, the ritual aspect of archery and the perseverance of Kyudojin.
The trailer highlights one kyudo master’s preparation for the difficult 8th dan rating, a feat that is achieved by fewer than 1 percent of the Kyudojin who attempt it.
That’s some pretty impressive archery. Wonder if they’ve ever hunted any deer with those bows? Probably not…