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The first few weeks of 2015 have seen many people posting about a "master" archer who can shoot multiple arrows in less than a second and would put Legolas or Katniss to shame (which would not be hard with the film version of the latter).... His videos have been around for several years but for some reason promotion of his latest has been intense.

My views (and this is from an archer who is happy to admit he is slower and less accurate an archer than our Danish colleague is.......):

We don't get to watch all the additional footage where he misses, drops arrows, etc.... and I gather there is a lot such footage; a lot of his shots are "cheated", there is no way a steel tipped arrow can be sliced in half, but enjoys is not covered in the narration; his technique is not something I would aspire to (even his target archery shot shows some fundamental technique issues); and a lot of the historical information is just plain wrong.....

I don't plan to rant on too long, so I will just say that I have met on filming adventures many archers (English, Hungarian, Japanese) who shoot as quickly, as accurately, and some who even shoot as accurately and quickly... he is not the only one, and they look a damn sight cooler and more aesthetically archery-beautiful...

If you have the inclination, read the following link:

http://geekdad.com/2015/01/danish-archer/

It has some interesting additional views....

There, have said my bit.... I now expected to be impaled by at least three arrows in the next 0.6 seconds.....

PS you can still admire the undoubted effort the guy has put into developing a skill that is amazing to watch! Just bear in mind there are camera tricks going on and some uncertain historical facts being presented!

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Archery and films Part II..... "Brave"... The Hunger Games, the Olympics and now Pixar/Disney's latest collaboration have made archery a huge to-do on the list of many teenage and not-so-teenage wannabe archers... All I have seen so far (the film is not out in the UK until 13/08/2012) is this trailer, but what promise it holds.... Watch the way the archer's paradox (where the arrow bends once the string released because the back of the arrow at that point is moving faster than the front) is depicted, the girl (Merida)'s grip on the bow, the anchor, the smooth release.... Someone involved with this film did some good research. And in addition, the three "suitors" demonstrate common issues that most beginners struggle with, so watch these three to see what not to do (elbow too low, no anchor point, pinching the string to name just a few).... Thumbs up for what I've seen here, looks cool :)
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With the sun finally showing its face, this is a good time to think about booking your corporate archery event. Bowman can offer a wide range of activities (not just archery) to make sure your team day is productive as well as great fun!

Archery has lost a great character, just heard the sad news that Barrington Skinner, president of Royal Richmond Archery Club and a man who could show all archers a thing or two (or three) has passed away. Miss you, and thoughts to Alex and all your family. Thanks for all the memories, you'll live on in our hearts.

Archery and films Part IV (Ella's post about Hawkeye in The Avengers was good enough to merit being the third instalment in this series)...

The Immortals.... an epic in the mould of Clash (and Wrath) of the Titans.... but clearly a limited budget when it comes not only to coaching archery but also creating equipment..... where to start....

Well, peering through the magical haze, it looks like it is a left-handed bow... our beloved hero Theseus is not only therefore at a d...isadvantage holding it in the wrong hand, but he is also shooting with two fingers which (from my own experience as a ten year old in my garden) could quickly lead to those two fingers getting strained... then there is what looks like a pretty modern sight on the bow, although of course those ancient Greek gods were very handy and could easily have knocked up such a simple contraption.... and this is all before we get onto bow arm and anchor point......

Sigh.......

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And so the London 2012 Paralympics begins.... and Team 2012's archery team are aiming to make up for the disappointments of several weeks ago where the Olympic archers failed to make an impact (although Amy Oliver did beat the world number 1 to reach the last 32).

All our support and admiration goes out to them all, but especially Leigh Walmsley, John Stubbs and John Cavanagh! Enjoy every moment of London 2012 and shoot like the champs you all are

Archery and films Part II.....

"Brave"... The Hunger Games, the Olympics and now Pixar/Disney's latest collaboration have made archery a huge to-do on the list of many teenage and not-so-teenage wannabe archers...

All I have seen so far (the film is not out in the UK until 13/08/2012) is this trailer, but what promise it holds....

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Watch the way the archer's paradox (where the arrow bends once the string released because the back of the arrow at that point is moving faster than the front) is depicted, the girl (Merida)'s grip on the bow, the anchor, the smooth release.... Someone involved with this film did some good research.

And in addition, the three "suitors" demonstrate common issues that most beginners struggle with, so watch these three to see what not to do (elbow too low, no anchor point, pinching the string to name just a few)....

Thumbs up for what I've seen here, looks cool

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Archery and films Part I......

The Hunger Games has certainly lit the interest in archery amongst a whole new generation of youngsters, and certainly the book portrays it in an exciting way (although I think her skill is more than a bit heightened for the sake of art). Haven't seen the film yet but feel it is a shame the main promotional shot they have used is this one..... a few basic things wrong.... she's holding the string in the wrong position (that bow is bending almost unnaturally) and how did noone notice that the arrow has dropped off her hand and is aiming off towards the left... Nice arrows though!

I'll reserve my final judgement for when I see the film though, hope to see it soon as I can!

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Bowman Archery at the Surrey County Show..... enthusiastic members of the public brave the rain (I write this in temperatures of 30 degrees and wish for a a tiny bit of rain.... there I said it!) and keep coming back for more (in fact this was their fifth go at the machine!!).

If anyone is interested in having a go whilst the weather is this glorious, get your skates on and message us or text 07940015725!

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Chris and Dave take time off at lunch to unwind.... blue sky, flying targets and arrows equals laughter and addictive fun!!

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