School Origin

The history of New York City Dokokai runs parallel with the Kyudo Practice of senior instructor Phil Ortiz. Over the 38 years of practicing Kyudo under various styles including: All Nippon (federation style), Heki-Ryu Chikurin-Ha, and Zen Archery, Phil Ortiz met with Rick Beal to study Zen Archery in Pasadena, California. It would be within the last 2 years that the practice of Zen archery would become a need to be brought to New York and led by Phil Ortiz. Phil Ortiz alongside, while under the guidance of head coach Rick Beal have decided to organize the New York City Dokokai; which is the represented school of Zen archery in New York.