On April 21st, 2010 the American Kyudo Team USA will be flying to Japan to compete in the Inaugural Kyudo World Cup. The competition will pit the Team USA members against teams from all around the world, including Germany, France, England and Japan. The World Cup will be held every three years and is considered the Olympics of Kyudo. The team members are Doug Sakurai Renshi 5th Dan, Maria Peterson Renshi 5th Dan and Masa Owaki 5th Dan. Both Doug and Masa are from Butokuden Dojo in Irvine California, and are members of the Southern California Kyudo Renmei. Maria is a member of the Northern California Kyudo Federation.