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Yabusame means 'Rider and Horse as one'.Originally designed to train samurai in bow skills.Yabusame is a form of horse-mounted archery.Although there are mentions of the art during the reign of Emporer Shomu in the Nara period (989-1066) the art was introduced at the beginning of the Kamakura period (1185-1333) to the samurai by Minamoto No Yoritomo.

The style in practice today dates from the 18th century.Practitioners claim that the art helped the samurai learn focus, while the Zen breathing techniques help stabilize the mind and bring clarity of thought.To be able to calmly draw one's bow, aim, and shoot in the heat of battle, and then repeat, was the mark of a true samurai who had mastered his training and his fear.

Yabusame is characterized as a ritual rather than a sport because of its solemn style and religious aspects, and is often performed for special ceremonies or official events, such as entertaining foreign dignitaries and heads of state.Competitions are usually held near Shinto shrines, in the past they were intended as entertainment for the gods as well as local people.

Experienced archers are allowed to used arrows with a V-shaped prong. If the board is struck, it will splinter with a confetti-like material and fall to the ground. To hit all three targets is considered an admirable accomplishment. Yabusame targets and their placement are designed to ritually replicate the optimum target for a lethal blow on an opponent wearing full traditional samurai armor (O-Yoroi) which left the space just beneath the helmet visor bare.



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