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Archery | Kisik Lee – Total Archery + Inside the Archer

August 12, 2019


Today we’re looking at a popular archery
book, Total Archery by KiSik Lee. There are actually two books: the original
Total Archery, and Total Archery: Inside the Archer. For context, KiSik Lee is a Korean coach who has been the head coach for the South
Korea, Australia and is currently the coach for the United
States archery team. He has done a lot of work in the field of
coaching and is a very successful coach. KiSiK Lee is known for re-conceptualising
training and the shot process known as the KSL Shot Cycle which is currently the standard for coaching
accreditation in the US under the National Training System. Both of his books examine the fundamentals
of his system, placing emphasis on biomechanics. Total Archery is the first of his two books
on the topic, written mostly during his time in Australia. The topics covered in the book are broader providing a good entry point into the training
aspect of archery. The book opens with a snapshot of the champions
that Kisik Lee has trained. Interestingly, the opening chapter focuses
on the qualities of a good coach and provides an introspective discussion on how a good coach can facilitate good learning. As a teacher myself, I find the advice in
this section resonates strongly with me, and coaches will understand
the principles being outlined. The book’s chapters then go through the
steps in the KSL shot cycle providing succinct descriptions and many visual
references many of which are annotated and explained
for their faults. The balance between text and visual makes
this a good resource for archers who are struggling to visualise how things
are meant to be done. This photo, for example, demonstrates the face you should make when executing a bad shot. The
book also contains KSL’s shot cycle in diagram
form which is the core of his training system today. Subsequent sections discuss the biomechanics
behind his training methods. He also includes a section on training routines
and equipment tuning. The second book, Inside the Archer, is a much
more detailed analysis of individual shooting technique. The back of the book contains some key quotes
that I keep in the back of my mind today. In its simplest form, archery is the task
of conquering demons. Even a bullseye can sometimes be a mistake. The structure of the book is similar, but
is far more detailed in its technical analysis and covers the process
of developing good form as an archer in a more comprehensive way. The tone of this book is more like Lee being
the voice of a coach in your head going through each step in meticulous detail
so you can understand the theory as well as the practice. Both of these books are excellent reads. I was lucky enough to grab these books when
I was very early in my archery career. Reading this really enhanced the way I thought
about archery. Not necessarily teaching me better techniques but opening my mind up to the more scientific
ways of conceptualising archery techniques. A lot of people will learn archery instinctively. It’s what you do naturally. But there is appeal in learning the biomechanics
behind archery. That’s what these books really are about. Now, as a disclaimer Many of you will know that Kisik Lee’s methods
aren’t universally accepted as the best methods. This is what he’s conceptualised as the most
biomechanically efficient. Other coaches and archers will probably prefer
some of their original methods. They might prefer some more flexibility in
individual shooters. Whereas this tends to prefer a systematic
approach to training. I know previously when Kisik Lee first started
coaching in the States there was some opposition to his methods. Nowadays he’s more popularly known for the
National Training System. That’s not used in Australia. I know in Australia, while the seminars and
courses are available they don’t qualify as official archery coaching
accreditation. It’s kind of encouraged for people who are
curious about different methods but it doesn’t meet the standards for Australian
coaching. Arguably, whether it’s better or not, I can’t
say. But it is different to how many people are
trained. Given of course he has trained many champions,
including Brady Ellison Take it at face value if you must but either way, these are great reads. Whether you use them or not, or whether you
adapt some parts to your archery technique I think these books offer a great insight into the technique and training behind archery. I found that this book here is a bit easier
to find this one is a little harder. And really, do you want both? Actually both
are really good books. They’re both focused on different things. For someone who is just getting into archery and wants to bolster their archery knowledge I recommend this one, the original Total Archery. It’s a shorter book. It gets to the point
faster. It’s not really a manual, but it’s more of
a guidebook on archery technique and it offers a lot of technique analysis. I think this is a good, accessible read. It’s appropriate for people getting into the
sport. This one, Inside the Archer, is a bit more
advanced. There’s a lot more detail, a lot more aspects
and perspectives included. This is probably more beneficial for the intermediate
to advanced archer. Neither of these books are meant to be read
start to finish. As he says at the beginning, it’s meant to
be kind of like something you read as you go along. You pick out one thing, you try to implement
it, you try it out and then you evaluate whether or not it works
for you. So, this isn’t meant to be a comprehensive
guide to becoming a good archer. It’s an additional resource for you to help
improve your own shooting. If you’ve seen these books before, you know
what to expect. But if you haven’t seen these, and you’re
curious about whether or not they’re worth buying the answer is yes. These are definitely good resources. Again, you might not use them, but they’re
fantastic reads. They offer a lot of insights. It’s something that you can definitely keep
in your collection of resources. Additionally, they are some of the newer books
out in the market. There are plenty of older books that go through
detailed steps in archery but these are some of the newer ones and they incorporate more modern approaches,
modern findings modern science and nonetheless, while some people disagree
with the methods and techniques taught here, this is definitely one of the
books that are worth checking out. Anyway, this is NUSensei. Hope this was helpful. Thanks for watching. And I’ll see you next time.

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  1. Thank you for this video. I was looking for a book that addresses techniques. As someone who is teaching himself archery this looks like a good recommendation.

  2. Hi NUsensei, i'm an olimpic archer from 4 years and i shoot pretty well this year. what do you suggest me to buy: the "normal" Total Archery or INSIDE the Archer ??
    i would like to learn both Technique (for Improve) and the "mind mechanics"

  3. Total Archery- Inside the Archer 2nd edition is now available for $40 from Lancaster Archery Supply. Slightly smaller page; instead of full color photos now b/w with colored overlays for clarity.
    Very highly recommended!

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