Sunday, September 30, 2007

Psycho Cybernetics in Archery Accuracy Achievement

Psycho Cybernetics in Archery Accuracy Achievement

Every great archer knows that archery is a sport of technique, skill and mental agility. The archer imagines the arrow hitting the bulls eye before he releases the powerful weapon. If you are new to archery may I suggest a relevant book to read first; "Psycho-Cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz a reknown expert on the subject of the powers of the mind?

Of course this is not to say that you can become an excellent master of archery without practice, as that is a misnomer completely. It takes practice, talent, knowledge of the sport as well as honed mental in the zone?displacement. Archery is a challenging sport to master and it is extremely competitive. Those who cannot combine all these characteristics cannot compete at the top levels.

In one chapter Maxwell Maltz discusses the reality of the mind and sports, where a basketball player sits in a chair all day and imagines himself swishing the basket from the free-throw line. Sure enough the players can improve their free-throw percentages faster and gain better accuracy by doing this, than actually shooting free-throws all day, where some hit and some miss.

This is something everyone should do in sports and I have often in Track and Field visited the track and walked the track, become one with the track imagining the victory in advance over and over again. Then when the track meet came, run my personal best time ever and won the race. How is this possible?

I strongly suggest that you read Psycho-Cybernetics?by Maltz and find out how it can improve your archery game. I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.

"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; Lance is a guest writer for Our Spokane Magazine in Spokane, Washington

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

FITA Programme for the Russian Speaking Countries

FITA Programme for the Russian Speaking Countries
Lausanne – 19 September 2007

FITA Development Director Pascal Colmaire in the middle
of the participants at the Coaching Course in Antalya

At the initiative of the FITA President, Dr Ugur Erdener, a programme was designed in order to enhance Archery within the Russian speaking countries. The project targets three major development activities, namely Coaching, Judging and the Athletes themselves. A Judging seminar in April 2007 was followed by a Coaching seminar in May (both in Antalya, Turkey), and this week it is a Youth Training Camp that is being held in Ankara.

Due to the strong tradition of these countries within the elite sport including Archery, FITA decided to give a boost to the region by having a programme that will keep these members of FITA involved in the international arena. Since the collapsing of the former Soviet Union, many of these countries have been facing major difficulties in being competitive in archery.

The overall project is structured in three main activities targeting the major aspects of Archery’s development:

Ø Athletes (especially the youth)
Ø Coaching
Ø Judging

The main objective is to help these countries to raise their standard and competition level, especially to enable them to compete with the elite at the Continental and World level in view of their participation in the Olympic Games.

In order to meet the objective more than 15 countries were surveyed by two Russian speaking coaches. The program was designed with a short and long term view towards the 2008 and 2012 Olympics Games. FITA has been giving assistance to both entry and elite level. Further assistance over the following years is expected (if possible until 2012) pending yearly report from the countries.

The member associations that are beneficiaries of this project are:

Estonia Georgia
Lithuania Moldova

The participants at the Judging Seminar in Antalya
A Judging seminar was held in Antalya, Turkey on 12–15 April 2007. Twenty-three national judge candidates from 13 countries attended the seminar. Mr Victor Stanescu was the lecturer and Mr Zorigto Mankhanov made the translations and the technical explanations in Russian. Both are FITA International Judges.

Following the Judging seminar, a Coaching seminar took place from 20-27 May in Antalya with 23 attendees from 8 countries. At the end of the course a level 1 archery equipment kit (12 bows, 144 arrows, many small items for shooting, repairing, etc.) was offered to each participating country as long as they complied with the FITA donation criteria. The experts for this course were Mr Mario Codispoti, Mr Andre Korlaar, Mr Zorigto Mankhanov, Mr Juan Carlos Holgado and Mr Pascal Colmaire.

To conclude this programme, a Youth Training Camp has just started this week in Ankara, Turkey (17-24 September 2007) with a total of 25 participants from 10 countries. The experts on site for the training camp are Mr Andre Korlaar, Mr Vladimir Esheev and Aliaksandr Svedziantsou.
More information on this camp in a near future…

Mayi Cruz Blanco
FITA Development Department

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Compound Coaching for Archery

Compound coaching for archery from Sept 25

Saturday, September 22, 2007 20:25 [IST]PTI
Jamshedpur: Archery Association Of India, in collaboration with HOYT and Easton Co, USA and Tata Steel, will be holding a five-day Compound Coaching Seminar At J R D Tata Sports Complex here from September 25.
John Dudley, world field compound champion of USA, will conduct the seminar, which is aimed at creating awareness about compound archery in the South Asia Federation (SAF) and Asian countries for the Junior and Cadet World Archery Championship to be held in October in 2008 as well as the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010, Bimlendra Jha, Vice President of the Association said here today.
Jha said the seminar would be first of its kind in compound division in the country. Bhutan, Bangladesh and Singapore have already confirmed their participation in the seminar whereas final intimation from Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal and Sri Lanka is being awaited.

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Deer-Archery Season Opens Statewide September 29

Deer-Archery Season Opens Statewide September 29

Submitted by FishNews on Sat, 2007-09-22 08:25. Hunting News Ohio

Columbus, Ohio -- Approximately 300,000 bowhunters, representing more than half of all Ohioans who hunt deer, are expected to participate in the statewide archery deer hunting season that opens September 29, according to experts with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
During last year's four-month archery season, bowhunters killed 67,912 deer, an increase of 13 percent from the previous year. Crossbow hunters took 38,489 of that number and longbow hunters took a record 29,423 deer. Overall, archers accounted for nearly 29 percent of 237,316 deer taken during Ohio's combined 2006-07 archery, muzzleloader and gun seasons.
Licking County led the state in both the vertical bow and crossbow harvest. Coshocton, Holmes, Tuscarawas and Guernsey rounded out the top five counties in crossbow harvest, while Coshocton, Knox, Muskingum and Holmes completed the list of top five counties in vertical bow harvest.
This year, hunters who purchase an Ohio hunting license and $24 deer permit will be eligible to buy the new $15 antlerless deer permit, which replaces the urban deer permit and is valid September 29 through November 25.
"The intent of the reduced price antlerless deer permit is to focus additional pressure on the antlerless segment of the population. Expanding antlerless hunting opportunities not only aids in herd management, but has the added benefit of improving the buck age structure by reducing pressure on the antlered segment of the population," said Mike Tonkovich, deer biologist for the Division of Wildlife.
"By limiting the use of the antlerless deer permit to the first two months of the season, the division can safely evaluate it as a management tool, while encouraging hunters to commit to harvesting an antlerless deer early," said Tonkovich.
After November 25, archery hunters must use a deer permit for antlerless deer. Under the new regulation, hunters can take one additional antlerless deer in Zone A, up to two additional in Zone B, and up to three additional in Zone C. Details on this new opportunity for archery hunters can be reviewed on the division's Web site at click on the "Frequently Asked Questions" link.
The antlerless deer permits will also be valid for Division of Wildlife controlled deer hunts and for hunting deer in an urban unit.
This year's statewide archery season remains open from September 29 through February 3, including the week of deer-gun season November 26 through December 2. Deer-gun hunters will also be able to enjoy an additional weekend of hunting December 15 and 16. Archers may hunt one half-hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, except during the statewide gun, youth and muzzleloader seasons when they are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Archers hunting during the statewide gun, youth or muzzleloader seasons must meet the hunter orange requirements of those seasons.
To hunt deer in Ohio, hunters must possess a deer permit in addition to a valid hunting license. State law allows hunters to take only one antlered buck per year, regardless the type of deer season, deer permit or weapon used for deer hunting.
A detailed listing of deer hunting rules is contained in the 2007-2008 Ohio Hunting Regulations that is available where licenses are sold, or may be viewed online at

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Archery Becomes a Fashion in China

Archery Becomes a Fashion in China

XI'AN, China, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- In the men's compound competition of the 2007 Asian Archery Championships here on Monday, Cai Shuo did his best to take the fourth place.

A student from the Capital Sports Institute, Cai is one of about 15,000 modern Chinese who fell in love with the fashionable sport of archery.

"Chinese compound archers are very different from their peers who practice recurve," said Wang Jizhong, team leader of the Chinese compound archery team.

"Because compound archery is not an Olympic event, the archers are economically independent," he added. "They spend their own money for training."

In China, if you practice an Olympic sport and are selected to national or provincial teams, you do not have to worry about money and facilities for training. However, most of non-Olympic players in China do not enjoy as much support, especially economically, from the government.

"Our players all have their own work to do and they practice archery in spare time at local clubs. We only gather when there are major international competitions," said Wang, who runs his own archery club in Beijing.

"We've got about 1,200 regular members in our club and there are no less than 15,000 people who play in archery clubs all over the country."

Wang, formerly a government official, was the first one to set up an archery club in China. Then it spread to other cities including Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Sichuan.

"More and more people have become interested in the sport," Wang said. "It has become kind of fashion that enjoy particular popularity among the white-collar."

It is also an affordable sport to ordinary people. You only have to spend 30 to 40 RMB (about four to six US dollars) per hourto have fun in an archery club in China.

However, if you want to play with your own bows and arrows, it will be much more expensive. A decent compound bow costs about 10,000 RMB (about 1,300 U.S. dollars).

"At present, most of the bows are imported from the United States and South Korea," Wang said. "We are trying to have bows made in China in order to make them cheaper and more affordable."

Wang expected a great future of the sport in China, especially the compound archery.

"For the beginners, compound is much easily than recurve. The young and old, man and woman, all can play," Wang said. "The oldest compound player in the Chinese National Championship is 73,do you believe it?"

"I believe this event will have a great future."

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Target Panic and Traditional Archery

Target Panic and Traditional Archery :
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A friend of mine loaned me a video that included a segment on the shooting ability
of a well-known figure in traditional archery. As I was watching the video, I quickly
became impressed with this person’s consistent shooting. His accuracy was
excellent from short range and his release was lightning fast. I imagined him to be a
very good bowhunter. His shooting style, however, was quite unusual.

Before drawing his bow, he would pause in a “pre aim” position as he focused on his
target. When he was ready, he would draw very quickly and release with virtually no
pause about 2-3 inches before reaching full draw. He shot the exact same way time
after time with similar results. He had taught himself an unorthodox, yet consistent
method of shooting a bow.

Watching him shoot begs the question: How and why did he come up with such a
strange way of shooting his bow? To me it looked like he was compensating for a
bad case of target panic. Three of the several common symptoms of target panic
include an inability to hold, snap shooting, and a short draw. Clearly, he had all
three, but how was he able to shoot with accuracy? The difference between him and
most people—including myself when I struggled with target panic—is that he is able
to shoot the same way each time, which is rare in someone with target panic.

Most people with target panic have a continuing deterioration of their shooting
form. You may get a handle on it for a while, but it’s very difficult to be consistent if
you are suffering from target panic. When I had target panic, I was constantly
fighting my form. My symptoms of target panic were varied and my shooting was
inconsistent from shot to shot. When you’re inconsistent in your shooting form, the
computer in your brain can’t make the necessary adjustments between shots to
become very accurate.

So what causes target panic? Archery is a repetitive sport. You do the same thing
over and over again. It is also an immediate results sport. You know right away
whether you made a good shot or poor one. The repetitive nature of archery—
bringing your bow hand on target and releasing the arrow—teaches you on a
subconscious level to release sooner and sooner. Your expectation of the results of
each shot adds pressure. This pressure intensifies when shooting in front of others
or in hunting situations. The combination of repetition and a concern with results
causes target panic.

Repetition seems to be an unlikely cause. It’s logical to think that if you did the
same thing over and over again in a given sport you would get better. In most cases
this is probably true, but with traditional archery this is not the case. In Part III of
this series on target panic, I will go into greater detail how repetition causes target
panic and offer a hint at a possible solution. For more information about target
panic visit

Michael Linsin is a contributing writer for US & International Archer Magazine and
the author of Archery Strong: The 30-minute strength training program designed
specifically for archers. He is also the creator of the Push Release (target panic cure)
DVD for traditional archers.

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