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Korean Traditional Archery

August 13, 2019

Fletchers | YU Young-Ki, YU Se-Hyun Who taught us how to make arrows? I’d have to say nature. My grandfather did this work, then my father took over the business and I took over it from him It’s natural for a farmer’s son to become a farmer or a fisherman’s son to become a fisher It’s the same for us, we haven’t been trying to maintain a tradition, it just came naturally It’s just the family business that’s been passed down and now we’re fifth and sixth generation fletchers. I needed to help him once and I realized that this isn’t simple work, it was quite complex It was meaningful work I felt like I could do more good by continuing this work instead of doing something else with my life Selecting the right ingredients.. Making a single arrow is easy but making a set of matching arrows is nothing but difficult Making an arrow is easy, stick some feathers and a point on and you’re done But to make a set of arrows with the exact same properties, of ten or even twenty arrows You have to choose shafts which are the same The nodes on the bamboo have to match and they have to have the same diameter and mass and that’s not easy.. Bowyer | Kwon Mu-Seok They say when you make a bow you have to put soul into it When my brother taught me bowmaking, he told me the same, to put soul into the bow I thought the only thing that mattered was that the bow shoots arrows well but now that I’ve been making bows for 35 years, I understand what he meant Arrow case maker | KIM Dong-Hak The meaning behind a ship-jang-seng (an image of natural landscape) is to wish good luck and health to someone for that I reason I carve those images, and I get a lot of requests for it too. Enjoying archery is good for your health so I wish them luck and long life. Not many people know about this underlying meaning, but when I tell them about it that’s what most of them pick. Bowyer | KIM Yun-Kyung Archery is one of our oldest and uninterrupted traditions but actually there are a lot of other traditions like that that we don’t notice all around us, we just don’t appreciate them They evolve little by little with the ages and people complain that our traditions are changing too much but I don’t believe that that’s always a bad thing Maintaining tradition to some degree but changing a little with the times [sic]

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  1. 활도 그렇지만 한국이 전통문화를 보존하려는 의식이 부족해요.사회전반적으로 관심이 적고 장려해 줄 수 있는 환경이 아니죠. 이런 점에서는 우리가 옆나라 일본에 배워야할게 분명히 있겠죠^^?전통문화는 민족의 얼이 담긴 소중한 유산입니다. 현대문화와 어울려질 수 있냐 없냐는 둘째 문제고 일단 지키고 봐야 되는게 전통문화죠. 없어지면 다시는 복구할 수 없거든요.

  2. This! This is it.
    In all the traditional archery from any country, Korean (and Mongolian) archery is closer to practicality and modern archery.. More substance, less style and tradition.

  3. 한국은 이런걸 볼 기회가없다. 애초에 국민들이나 교육계, 정부가 저런걸 지원해주질 않고, 관심도없으니까 뭐가 뭔지도 모른다. 십장수? 그것도 오늘 처음봤다. 이게 말이대냐? 한국에서 태어나서 아무리 현대식이 중요해도, 그게 뭔지는 알아야할것아니냐. 옆나라 일본도 괜히 사무라이 문화나 장인정신을 키우는게아님. 그게 다 문화콘텐츠이고, 외국에서 찾아와 돈이된다니까. 국민들 정서에도 좋고, 교육에도 좋고 이득이 되는걸 왜 한국은 안하냐? 이나라에 뭐 금이나오냐, 아니면 기름이 나오냐? 지식과 창의성, 전통성으로 다양한 문화콘텐츠를 가장 많이, 가장 고퀄리티로 만들줄 알아야하는 나라가 바로 대한민국인데, 사실상 한국만큼 세계 제일 전통성에 무지한 나라가 없음.

  4. 한국 도검은 이미 끊긴적이 있어서 남겨진 서적을 통해서 만들거나 일본도검제작기술을 배워서 복원하려고 하죠
    근데 국궁은 완전히 끊기지 않고 이어져 내려온것이기에 지켜져야 합니다

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