WATCH: Ancient Japanese Archery Club marks 40 years in London

Practitioners of a niche sport in London, Japanese ancient archery, are celebrating after several members were promoted in a big ceremony in Tokyo. 

White Rose Kyudojo has been running since the 80s and teaches the ways of Kyudo, a martial art founded out of battlefield archery. 

It is characterised by the unusually long top-heavy bow which is used.

Club members described Kyudo as an amalgamation of sport, art, meditation and self-building. 

We spoke to Kyudo masters and students in an Eltham sports hall to find out more about the origins of this ancient pass time in the UK.

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