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Edwin Symmes

Instrument/Discipline: Kyūdō (Renshi Godan)
School (流): Kyudo-Zen Nippon Kyuko Renmei
Ha/Kai (流派/会): Bi Toku Kyudo Kai, Inc.

Home Address: 3965 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30345
Home Phone: 404-320-1012
Cell Phone: 404-932-1165

Employment: Chief Instructor Bi Toku Kyudo Kai, Inc.
Email: ecsymmes@aol.com
Website 1: www.bitokukyudo.org
Website 2: www.kyudoalliance.com

Do you teach? Yes

Do you perform? Yes

Additional information:

Edwin Symmes has presented kyūdō to groups from 1st graders to business executives. He does kyūdō presentations at a variety of venues including Japan Festivals, Cherry Blossom Festivals, and corporate events. In his presentations, he demonstrates either short-range (6') or standard range (92') archery and discusses the equipment used, as well as the benefits of doing kyūdō. In 2010, he wrote an article which appeared in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts concerning the Budo Charter and an ethical way of living.

Edwin Symmes is the author of Netsuke: Japanese Life and Legend in Miniature, the forward of which was written by the late HIH Takamado. He is knowledgable about both netsuke (miniature carvings) and the traditional tales that they illustrate. For presentations on netsuke, he dresses in kimono and hakama to show the function netsuke served in securing small pouches or bags to the obi.