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With the rise of firearms on the Japanese battlefield in the 1570s, the bow fell into decline as a military weapon. Japanese society admired skilled archers, though, and desired to preserve Kyujutsu. Thus, it became one of the first -jutsu arts to develop a -do form.

Kyudo breaks down each shot into eight stages and expects the archer to move smoothly between them, performing each with equal deliberation. Training proceeds slowly and treats target shooting as a distraction until one has mastered posture, breathing, and the draw. The art is equally formal in competition.

Kyudo is practiced from both kneeling and standing postures.

Skills: Bow Art; Meditation; Savoir-Faire (Dojo). Techniques: Low Fighting (Bow Art). Cinematic Skills: As Kyujutsu (pp. 179-180).

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