- Archery is a skill or practice which used to be performed for hunting in the ancient history and in wars in the medieval history.
- The skill was revived as a sport in 1840s after its decline following the invention of guns as weapons of battle.
- The sport was mainly nurtured by the British back then. In 1900 Paris Olympics, it was introduced to Olympics as a sport.
- Currently, South Korea is ranked 1st in Archery followed by USA, China and Mexico.
- There are several disciplines of archery which are: Target archery, para archery, field archery, 3D archery, flight and clout archery and ski and run archery.
- The different disciplines have different rules and require different equipment.
- The shooting line is located on the north side. This is to ensure that the sun is behind the archer most of the time of a day.
- The distance between the target varies with the type of archery being played. For “Recurve Archery”, the distance is 70 meters. For “ Compound Archery”, the distance is 50 meters.
- A line parallel to the shooting line is marked 3m from the shooting line. This line is there for tournament purposes. If an archer has an arrow that falls within this 3m area the arrow is considered as not being shot. Another arrow is allowed to be shot under the guidance of the officiating judge.
- At least 5 meters behind the shooting line, a waiting line is marked.
- The shooting lanes are 5 meters apart to allow the archers to have a personal space of 80 cm.
- A 10 meter separation between two different shooting distances identifies different ranges. The archers from one range are not allowed to collect their hit arrows while the archers of another range are still shooting.
- Archery requires a range of equipments which include :
- The Target
- The Bow
- The Arrow
- Finger Tab
- Thumb Ring
- The structure of the bow changes according to the type of archery which is being played.
Following Videos will show you all the seperate parts of the equipments and how to assemble those parts into an equipment.
How to assemble a recurve bow.
Basic archery equipments for adults.
- Posture: For an archer to set a stable aim, the posture plays a vital role. This helps the archer to set a stable aim on to the target in the minimum amount of time
How to get a perfect archery posture.
- Holding and stabilizing of the Bow: This skill is different for Recurve bow and compund bow. The holding technique is a determining factor in pressure situations because this skill ensures inherent stability if the bow.
- How to stabilize recurve bow.
- How to stabilize compound bow.
- Release and shooting: The technique of releasing the arrow ultimately determines the direction of the arrow.
- How to shoot a recurve bow.
- How to shoot a compound bow.
- The rules for Recurve and Compound Archery are essentially different.
- The different distance between the archer and the target and the point system is explained in the following video:
- A Beginner’s guide to Compound Archery.
- A Beginner’s guide to Recurve Archery.
Two whistle blasts: For archers to proceed from the waiting line to the shooting line.
One whistle blast: For archers to place an arrow on the bowstring and begin shooting.
Three whistle blasts: For archers to walk forward to the targets and pull their arrows.
Four or more whistle blasts: For archers to stop shooting immediately.