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Archery Progress Reports

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Hello FC Archery Parents,

Progress reports will be emailed out shortly and contain specific details on your child’s individual efforts. Overall, all kids are doing well and transitioning from beginner to intermediate level archers.

The archery program is focused on building mindfulness, patience and confidence through practice. As a teacher, my focus is on keeping things fun while growing each student’s abilities. I believe in practice based learning – ‘learn while doing’. As kids are practicing their shooting, I walk around and provide them on the spot guidance and correction.

Thank you for your dedication to this program. If you know of other parents looking for something special to get their kids involved please feel free to forward them this email.

Thank you in advance,

Emmanuel

PS – I will be going to the Bow Shop this month and can pick up arrows if you need them for your child. The cost for 6 arrows is about $50 dollars. Please email archery@fight-club.ca this week if you are interested.

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Anchor Point

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** No archery class this Friday May 19th
Closed for the Victoria Day Long weekend **

The only effective way to shoot well every single time is with a solid and consistent anchor position.

If your anchor is different for each shot, your arrow will impact the target at different locations even if you had the same point of aim with each shot.

Some archers are afraid of the bowstring being to close to the face and consequently they cannot achieve a consistent anchor position. I call this a floating-anchor which is actually an oxymoron. An anchor simply cannot float and be effective at the same time…so for our purposes the term floating-anchor is very applicable. Make a mental note of where you position your index finger near the side of your mouth until you find a comfortable place that you will use every time you anchor.

Here is a picture of what my anchor point looks like … You can see the tip of my nose is one, the string on the corner of my month is two and my two big knuckles behind my jaw is the third. I have three solid actor points that I go to consistently. Make sure you know yours!

 

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The Grip

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Focus on the position of the bow-hand in relationship to the grip as well as the location of the thumb and fingers.

New archers have a tendency to “grip the bow”. It may have something to do with the name of the part (grip) that we hold.

When you wrap your fingers around the grip there is a tendency to “clench down” or grasp the grip in our hand when the bowstring is released. It is a normal, instinctive reaction to “grab the bow” so it does not fall from our hands.

In the process of clenching the grip, the riser will twist (torque) or rotate. The problem is, we tend to clench the grip before the arrow shaft has completely left the arrow rest and cleared the riser.

The action of clenching the grip will twist or torque the riser in the bow hand and steer the arrow “off course” from our point of aim.

Focus on relaxing the fingers and thumb and avoid clenching the grip when the arrow is released.

See you on the range,
Emmanuel

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Reasons to take up Archery

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Hey FC Archers,

Only 2 spots remaining …

Introductory Archery Course at FightClub
Date: Friday May 12th & 19th from 6-730pm
Cost: $100 (bow and arrows are provided)
Register: Only 2 spots remaining!
Email to reserve: archery@fight-club.ca

10 Reasons why you should take up Archery

1) It’s relaxing. Archery is the perfect stress reliever. At the range, it’s just you and the target. Problems seem to float away from your mind with each arrow you release.

2) It’s a great way to make new friends and visit new places. Whether you compete or just shoot for fun at a local range, you will be surprised by how many people you get to meet in just an hour of archery.

3) It’s affordable. The misconception is that archery is an expensive sport. Not the case at all compared to most sport its quite affordable.

4) It helps you learn to focus and concentrate. As you prepare to draw your bow, there isn’t any room for you to think about anything else other than shooting. A split-second loss of focus can result in your arrow totally missing the target. In time, you learn to clear your mind and focus on your shot.

5) It teaches you patience and coordination. In archery, all parts of your body have to work together to execute the correct form and shot. Once you’ve got it down pat, all you have to do is repeat it a dozen more times. No one gets it right the first few times, and it really takes patience and a lot of practice to make your shot consistent and right every single time.

6) It helps you develop trust and confidence in yourself. Every archer knows that archery isn’t just about form or physical strength. It’s also about mental strength and toughness. Over time, an archer learns to trust his shot and be confident that it will hit the centre every single time.

7) It builds character. Just like real life, there are good and bad days at the archery range. Personally, archery has taught me to win with humility and lose with grace. When scoring during a tournament, archery, very much like golf, demands honesty every time you submit your scorecard.

8) It’s addicting. No matter how frustrating archery may be at times, it keeps you wanting to get the right form and get in the centre all the time. Once you get the great feeling of shooting bows well, you will want to keep shooting and shooting until you get tired.

9) It’s a sport for everyone. Short or tall, slim or heavy, archery is a sport for everyone. Only specific muscles are used and developed in pulling the bow. The sport is really more focused on technique, and you build strength as you continue to get better. It is the perfect sport for anyone looking to get into something new and unique, and also to get healthy, fit and just to have fun.

10) It’s satisfying to hit that bull’s-eye. It can get frustrating when you shoot and shoot and your arrows don’t find their mark. But once they do, it’s the best feeling in the world.

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Zen in the Art of Archery

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Hey FC Archers,

I’m always looking to learn on many different levels. Lots of practice, watching videos, proper coaching and reading good books. One of my favourite books on archery is called Zen in the Art of Archery.

It is a short book by German philosophy professor Eugen Herrigel, published in 1948, about his experiences studying Kyudo, a form of Japanese archery, when he lived in Japan in the 1920s. It is credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences in the late 1940s and 1950s.

The book sets forth theories about motor learning. Herrigel has an accepting spirit towards and about unconscious control of outer activity Westerners heretofore considered wholly to be under conscious-waking control and direction. For example, a central idea in the book is how through years of practice, a physical activity becomes effortless both mentally and physically, as if our habit body executes complex and difficult movements without conscious control from the mind.

Herrigel describes Zen in archery as follows:

“The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull’s-eye which confronts him. This state of unconscious is realized only when, completely empty and rid of the self, he becomes one with the perfecting of his technical skill, though there is in it something of a quite different order which cannot be attained by any progressive study of the art”

I hope you take the time to read this great book. It will definitely impact your archery!

 
Emmanuel

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