Gingko Kyudojo

We are a Japanese archery group based in San Francisco, California that practices Heki Ryu Bishu Chikurin Ha.


Activity Day Time Location Details
Practice Mondays 6:45pm-8:45pm Konko Church, San Francisco
Practice Saturdays 1:00pm-3:00pm Konko Church, San Francisco
Practice Saturdays (May-Nov) 12:00pm-3:00pm Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Special Program Sep 18-Sep 22, 2019 All Day Jemez Springs, New Mexico Registration Form


Shibata Kanjuro XXI is the official head of Zenko International, the multi-national umbrella organization of Shibata-style kyudo. Shibata-sensei is a 21st generation master bowmaker, archer, and is also a 4th generation official bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan in the Shibata family lineage.
(1921-2013) Shibata Kanjuro XX was the 20th in a line of consecutive master bowmakers and kyudo teacher. Shibata served as the official bowmaker to the Emperor of Japan from 1959 until 1994. He founded Zenko Kyudojo in Boulder, Colorado.
(1880-1959) Kanjuro Shibata XIX was the grandfather of Shibata Sensei XX. Most Japanese traditions follow the system called ie, a system of passing traditions from father-to-son. However, Shibata Sensei XX's father elected not to be a bowmaker--so at the age of eight, Shibata Sensei XX became the student of Shibata XIX.


Interested in Kyudo? Please contact Lucy Halverson to observe a class.