I remember watching Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, yes, matagal na yun, and being amazed by how Robin Hood could split an arrow from incredible distances. I even remember purchasing those native looking bow and arrows from street vendors as a kid in New Manila and trying to no avail to pull a Robin Hood. All I did was scare Brownie and Whitey (my Lola’s Aspin dogs) My failed vigilantism and archery dreams disappeared, only to be rekindled when watching Arrow and the Hunger Games. Archery has had a reemergence recently, which can be attributed to movies and shows above, also who can deny the win of junior archer Luis Gabriel Moreno in 2014 (then 16) which sparked a growing interest in the sport. Winning the first olympic gold medal for the Philippines during the 2nd Youth Olympic Gamesin Nanjing, China last August 24, 2014. Several archery ranges have opened up since then, each with their own different approaches to the sport.
Is it easy? Hard? Dangerous? It can be either of the three or all. So great care and attention must be needed when handling a weapon. Yes, it is still a weapon despite the sporting aspect and should be handled as such. The new bows look very different from the Robin Hood ones, and for sure the Holmegaard bows that were discovered in Denmark which date 8,000 BP.
The fletching on arrows ensure the arrow is aerodynamic and flies true. If inserted into the bow improperly, the fletch may break.
Take aim, inhale, while exhaling, release! Kind of like firing! That’s just my own style, I have yet to confirm this with an actual archer. Utmost attention is also given to safety, like how you can only draw your arrow when your feet are over the shooting line. This made me feel at ease. Gio our rangemaster made sure we were safe at all times.
The Archery Academy started in March of 2014, in hopes of getting more and more people into the wonderful sport and build a pool of athletes who may become our next Philippine Champions in the sport!
This is Cody, he was using a bow which had a greater tension as he was aiming at a much further target than we were!
Checking out the targets and learning how to properly remove arrows as they may break.
To make things interesting, balloons were attached to our targets as incentive to hit the bullseye!
These were a few of the olympic recurve bows in the range.
If you’re like me and like gear in general, whether triathlon, camera, music, et cetera you will love this sport.
Pleased with my “progress not perfection” target.
Not exactly Robin Hood but pwede na!
The most important part of trying a new sport? Picture taking! Surprised by how competitive Stephanie was at archery!
The Archery Academy has an upcoming summer program from March 28 to May 26, 2016. This is their third summer and the numbers are growing!
They offer a beginner’s classes with 8 meetings for 2 hours each for only Php8,500 for first time enrollees which also includes their own string, arm guard, finger tab and a shirt in the package. Returning students will only be charged Php6,500. We will have 3 batches and 4 schedules to choose from.
Questions and inquiries, you may contact Archery Academy
THE ARCHERY ACADEMY
5/F Intrawest Center, #33 Annapolis St. Brgy. Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Contact Number: 0917-803-7422
Google Plus: http://www.google.com/+TheArcheryAcademySanJuan
Thank you to Rica and Gio of Archery Academy.