Archery | Clarifying “Target Archery”
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Archery | Clarifying “Target Archery”

August 12, 2019


Here’s something which pops up
occasionally. Someone might be looking for help on getting a bow, and they might
get asked “well, do you want to hunt or do you want to shoot targets?” The response might be
well I don’t want to hunt, I just want to shoot targets. The term “target archery”
can be understood to mean shooting targets. This isn’t necessarily an accurate
definition. Everyone shoot at targets. …unless you’re a “clout” archer, in which case you aim at the ground. Target archery usually refers to the specific discipline of sport style
archery, in contrast to something like field archery. This often refers to
the Olympic style or Freestyle archery. Target archery, as a discipline, can
be indoor or outdoor, and archers will generally understand it to be based on a
set of rules and regulations regarding technique, equipment, and competitions.
Target archery includes various classifications, including recurve,
bare bow, compound, long bow, and so on. Of note is that target bows are designed
for precision and balance and accuracy over long distances and generally have that
sporting look. Not everyone who does target archery is
a competitive archer. Generally, archers understand target archery to be the
structured style they practice. This is archery as a structured sport with specific rules. In a sense it’s similar to taking up Karate or Taekwondo as a sport, as
compared to learning it as a martial art. There are styles, schools, and students who don’t compete using the established sporting rules. You don’t have to jump around in colorful protective clothing if that’s not the kind of martial art that
you want to do. Target archery is that colorful variation. Just like how sports
style martial arts aren’t necessarily a practical application of the art, target
archery isn’t really about being practical, and is more about scoring points.
This is why a lot of people don’t like target archery. The gadgets and rules seem to be a far cry from what archery is, and that’s why many people are attracted
to traditional archery or 3D archery, and as with many martial arts schools most
clubs are either based on a sports style or a practical style. So you might be a target
club or you might be a bow hunting club, for example. Target clubs are affiliated
with their local sporting authority, which, in turn, is ultimately affiliated with the World
Archery Federation. If you’re going to a target club, you should expect to be pushed into becoming a target archer and getting target equipment. It
doesn’t mean you have to. If you want to get hunting equipment and shoot at
targets at the range, that’s fine. A lot of people do, but if
you’re looking at being coached then you’re going to be taught according to the coaching guides based
on target archery principles. I’ve come across people who hate archery clubs
because they teach a particular method. This shouldn’t be surprising. If you’re
training at a target club, then you will be taught technique and principles of target archery. And to become an accredited coach you have to learn these principles. It’s part of the rules and regulations. A
closer comparison would be the sports style shooting competitions. I’m talking about firearms, which are based on the ISSF, as compared to practical shooting. The
rules for the ISSF disciplines are very specific for that particular style of
shooting, and they may be considered impractical in a different situation, and,
simply put, it may not be your thing. Okay, so how does this classification affect you? Firstly, if you’re looking at joining a
club, then it’s important know what kind of club it is. If you’re looking at bowhunting, then you might not find much support at a target club or from its sporting
organization. In fact a lot of bow hunting clubs are associated with their own bowhunting organization, which is
separate from the national sporting body. This also has the implication that if you want to become a competitive target archer, let’s say you wanna shoot internationals or shoot at the Olympics, then you will have to look for a target club that is affiliated with a
target organization and not a bow hunting club. Secondly, if you’re buying archery
equipment, it’s important to clarify if you are doing target archery as a sport,
something which you invest in and commit to, compared to recreational archery. If
you are shooting at targets in your backyard, then that’s not target archery. You
don’t need to get specialized target equipment, you can shoot with whatever
you want. In other words you can use your Samick Sage to shoot a target, but you probably wouldn’t use it for target archery as a
sport and a discipline. Anyway, this is NUSensei, hope this was helpful, thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. This video is why I love this channel a clear concise explanation of the different terms thanks again for this video.  There is so much confusing information when you first begin the sport.

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