COA Offers Demonstration of the Sword and the Bow

BAR HARBOR—College of the Atlantic will present a free demonstration of two unusual martial arts methods today (Thursday) at 4:20 p.m. in Gates Auditorium.

“The Sword and the Bow,” features the forms of iaido and kyudo, demonstrated by Dennis Martin and Ed Nevells as part of the Human Ecology Forum.

Iaido, according to Martin, is an art using a sword in solo practice, beginning and ending with a sheathed sword. It is often translated as the way of harmonious living, the art of adapting to circumstance or the way of being here and now.

Because in iaido, the practitioner battles non-material opponents without any competitive encounters, the practice is considered a battle with the self, a cutting away of all redundancies.

Kyudo, which literally means the way of the bow, is considered by many to be the purest of all the martial ways. The essence of modern kyudo is said to be synonymous with the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty.

A true shot in kyudo is not just one that hits the center of the target, but one where the arrow can be said to exist in the target before its release.

For more information, call COA at 288-5015 ext. 225.

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