Getting Ready For Your First Archery Lesson
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Getting Ready For Your First Archery Lesson

August 17, 2019


So you’re looking forward to your first archery
lesson. Maybe you’re feeling a little apprehensive
about what to expect or whether you need to do anything specific. I’ve done a video on the basics of form in
case you want a head start, but this video will look at what you can expect on your first
day. Firstly, how do you go about getting into
archery? Archery is a relatively uncommon sport. It’s not surprising if you’re not sure what
you’re meant to do. I get a lot of inquiries about teams and tryouts
and memberships. However, archery clubs aren’t like most clubs,
especially in team sports which do run on a seasonal basis and with strict routines. Archery clubs are more like golf clubs in
the sense that they’re quite casual and individualised, at least to begin with. Most archery clubs have some kind of introductory
program. In Australia, it’s known as the Come And Try
program. Most clubs will run it slightly differently,
but basically you’ll be given a short talk on equipment and safety. You’ll be given a demonstration on how to
shoot and then you’ll be allowed to shoot for the next hour or two with the instructor
giving you tips on your form. Some clubs will offer an extended beginner
program that runs for several weeks, which covers the theory elements as well as practical
skills. The purpose of these courses is to give you
the fundamental knowledge to prepare you for taking up archery as a long-term interest. If you’re trying to get into the sport, these
are the sessions that you’ll want to find out about. When you call up, you’ll want to ask about
when these programs run and how much they would cost. Some clubs open all day and do
drop-in sessions, so you can turn up anytime and be taught individually. Others run set
times and require advanced booking. In short, when contacting a club, these are
the questions you need to ask. Yeah, hi, I’m wondering about when you run
your introduction sessions. Uh huh, and how much do they cost? Okay, and do I need to book? That’s actually all you need to ask. In case you’re wondering what do I need to
bring, you actually don’t have to bring anything. Generally we ask people to wear comfortable
clothing, preferably close-fitting. If you wear puffy garments, you might have a bit
of a hard time when the bowstring hitting your sleeves or your jacket. We also tell people to wear closed shoes as
a matter of safety. In terms of equipment, you don’t have to bring
your own bow. The club will teach you using standard club
equipment. If you happen to own a bow, you can ask if
you can bring it but it’s likely that the club will ask that you not use it and you’ll
learn on the standard club equipment. The reason is the club knows its equipment,
it knows its bows, it know its capabilities, it knows its maintenance and condition. Your equipment may not be appropriate for
learning with. So they’ll ask you to not use it, especially
if your bow is very old or if the draw weight is very high. This tends to be common for people who have
bows which have been handed down to them. I often come across people who bring their
compound bows and want to have a shot. It’s one thing to bring your compound down and
shoot at the range, but it’s something different to learn archery from scratch using this bow. It’s very likely that the instructor will
ask you to use a club recurve bow rather than your compound and they’ll teach you the basics
of archery using the recurve. This is especially true if you have a very
strong hunting compound. I’m talking around 60# hunting compounds. Basically, don’t expect to be able to use
your own equipment if you’re doing an introduction session. Now, most people who attend these sessions
are just in it because they’ve always wanted to try archery, and that’s fine. One session
is usually enough for most people. The first session is usually about giving
a feel for the bow and arrow. Maybe do some scoring, but otherwise it’s mostly to have
fun. Consequently, instructors often don’t give specific advice on particular parts of
your form and let things slide. More often than not, beginners are most interested
in having fun and hitting bullseyes rather than doing it right. In terms of how much attention you get, I
occasionally get asked things like why don’t you teach me more? The reason is because most of these sessions
double up as the entry level for the sport and as a fun activity. We have to divide our
time among the participants and some aren’t as interested in archery as others. Or they don’t like being told what to do. It’s kind of like how people go to the bowling
alley to knock pins down rather than get advice on how to become a professional competitive
athlete. Bear in mind that a lot of clubs are understaffed
when it comes to the instruction programs. The ideal ratio may be one instructor to every
three or four participants. More often than not, you’ll often find one
instructor for ten to twelve participants. It’s really hard for an instructor to divide
their time equally to all participants. If people aren’t showing interest and just
want to go bop bop bop, then the instructor probably won’t go around and give very specific
advice. But if you’re the kind of person who actually
is into the sport and you want to learn more, you’ve got to show it. Ask questions, ask
for pointers, describe how you feel when you shoot, and what you’re learning. If you want
this attention from the instructor, you’ve got to be proactive and you need to show interest. These sessions are great opportunities to
mingle with people who have the same interest, the same level as you, they’ve done archery
before or who are senior archers, and these are the people who support you in building
your long-term interest in archery. And this really comes into play when looking
at people who want to take it up as a sport or want to buy their own bow. Talk to other archers. Talk to the instructors.
They’ll give you the advice that you need and the resources for you to make the right
decisions. If you really enjoy, you may want to come
back a few more times to see whether it’s a passing interest or if it’s something that’s
really for you. If you’re ready to commit, talk to the club
about membership. Memberships are usually handled through the local, regional or state
or national association and the club will guide you through the process and they’ll
tell you what support the club will give you. Additionally, you may be interested in buying
your own equipment, in which case they can recommend where you can buy it from. This is especially useful because many of
the club members will be buying from the same suppliers, so they can give you feedback on
particular items as well as support or customer service experience. This should be enough info to guide you through
the first steps in the sport. If you’re interested in the organised sport-style club-based archery,
then this is basically what you’ll be going through, and this will lead you through your
development as an archer. This is NUSensei, hope this was helpful. Thanks
for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. This was a great video for comparing my club from yours, and my club seems to do things their own way
    At the club i go to, we generally teach them general form then let them shoot for fun, if they come back for another session, then we start teaching them proper form, we let them shoot as they normally do, and have them work on their weakest part of form (eg release), the coaches will check occasionally, and after they have gotten semi consistent, we start assigning them to coaches (since different coaches have different approaches to form)
    As for personal bows, a coach or two will check the equipment to ensure its safe to shoot, if it is, we actually prefer having them use their own equipment since our club equipment varies, (eg the oldest bow already has distorted color, while the newest bows were just nocked last month
    As for compounds, we let people bring them, and we even have coaches who specialize in compounds, although we only give out club compounds if they have semi consistent form

  2. Your videos are very helpful, I'm 25 and my boyfriend is 27 and we have been talking about picking up archery as a recreational sport. Something we can get into together. I'd love to get into it long time and I look forward to more of your videos

  3. I was slightly disappointed not to see instinctive archery (the archery I do) because when I was looking for the archery I wanted to do, I wish I would have found instinctive archery sooner. Nonetheless, your videos are fantastic, and I feel you are helping people with interest figure out what they want to do with this wonderful sport.I think archery is one of the greatest sports because of the diversity like you have portrayed in this video. I'm done rambling! Happy shooting everyone! 

  4. @NUSensei Hey im having my first trail lesson next week and they are charging (converted to AUD) $82! is it meant to cost that much? thanks!

  5. in england you have to have 3X2hour lessons that cost roughly 106.03 asd but that covers one year of club fees (62.63) asd

  6. in all of his videos well the subtitles try it 
    send occasional hostage during race was the you to make the right decisions

  7. your vids are great i love archery im using my sisters yt channel to post comments
    im in new zealand im 10 i love archery but i have a friend who got into it because of me! but he trys to make 100lb pvc bows and thinks he can pull 100lbs + by the way please reply nusensei and i will be making my own account tonight so my account name will be Josiah O'Brien + what to do about friend?plz reply

  8. You cover so many aspects of archery in great detail. You explain everything so well and thoroughly. Subscribed to the sensei!

  9. Really interesting to see how different it is in Australia compared to France:

    Here, you need to become a member of a Club or a Company (Company differs from club by following tradition like St Sebastian Shot, etc…) if you want to try archery.

    You need to register at the beginning of School Year (even for adults ;p) and produce a medical certificate.
    It cost around 200€/1 Year
    The club lend you a beginner bow (ie Ragim's Wildcat) and 4 arrows during that year.
    You get from 2 to 4 hours group training per week

  10. +NUSensei I wanted to ask you when is a good time to stop using club equipment and buy your own? Thank you for the helpful videos so far!

  11. I've been shooting for years and always wanted to take up archery as a sport but my local club sucks.
    They have no instructors and they all only care about hunting style archery. There isn't a single olympic style target there all they have are stuffed animals to shoot at.
    I'm considering starting a course where I would have to drive 1.5 hours to and from for every lesson once a week, because it is the only option with olympic style shooting.

  12. fantastic information, ive just come across your channel and finding it really helpful (looking to start archery at the next beginners course at my local club in england) Thank you for taking your time to set this up Nu

  13. Thanks for your devotion of so much of your spare time which, having several teachers in my extended family, cannot be plentiful. That you are willing to loose (not fire, and definitely not lose!) so much into free, quality content accessible to all (except possibly to weird bsing website dude)

  14. I am 12 and I would love to start doing archery. Your videos are really educational and I’m happy I found your channel

  15. My beef with what I have seen from different clubs is, it is not cheap. One club requires something like 3 trial sessions at $50 a go, all must be done within X amount of time or restart the 3 trials day thing. Then with club joining fee and national body fee being over $250, I am into for over $400 and I haven't even bought my own gear yet. Asking a newbie to drop $400 to get into a sport, is a huge turn off. Compare to local pistol club at $20 which includes box of 22 ammo and pistol. Become a member and club pistols are free just pay for ammo. Their days are packed with people.

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