It's been too long since I've picked up a bow and shot and I've missed the feeling and state of mind archery takes me too.
I've actually been thinking about archery a lot over the past few years and have been wanting to pick up my bow again. Since the move I wanted to make it a priority to get active with it again especially now that I have my own space to do all kinds of shooting!
What I love about archery and always have is the simplicity yet it's not easy. Of course anyone can start hitting the target at 10 or 18 meters in a short amount of time but, for me it's all about the technique, the form and process of each shot.
There are a number of type of archery but what I shoot is called "Instinctive" or "Intuitive" Archery. I use a traditional bow with no sights and no arrow rests so aiming must be more instinctive or intuitive than the archery viewed in the olympics and common sporting events.
There are a number of techniques to hold the bow, draw and release the string and each archer has their own unique variation of technique. The secret however is consistency in your technique. To be consistent in your shot means you must shoot the same way every time. You must hold the bow the same way, nock the arrow the same way and draw and release the same way. In other words, the archer must learn his or her own process.
This takes a lot of focus and persistent practice. This type of activity for me brings me into an ultimate state of being present. In archery, its just you, the target and the shot. You can't let any noises, glares, wind, weather or anything else distract you from the shot and this is what I love about archery!
I mostly shoot two different release techniques, Mediterranean (Split Finger) Method and Mongolian (Thumb Release) Method but, there are others I've been wanting to explore and learn such as the Slavic, Split Finger Thumb Release, and Native American techniques among others.
A simple tool and skill such as archery is so fundamental to us humans that I believe everyone should try archery. It's one of our earliest survival skills and it reconnects us with what it is naturally to be human.
I'm looking forward to building my own archery range here on the homestead. I'm also going to be putting a few weatherproof targets scattered throughout my woods that can be moved around.
Have you every tried archery? Would you every want to try it? Maybe should I do some archery videos on my YouTube channel? I'd love to hear from you and about your experiences or desires about this fascinating and ancient skill.