… the video makes this point, in it’s weird robot voice: if you were doing archery in war, this is how you’d do it. Even in hunting, speed is more relevant than it is to the target archers I’m mostly surrounded by. Besides, there appear to be a subset of archers who do make this their thing.
Consider this a meditation on disciplines. By meditation, I mean, I’m thinking this out on my keyboard and hoping that gets it straight in my brain.
I’ve been told something to the effect of “Depending on the discipline you follow in archery, you do things differently.” To put it so broadly it’s self-evident. My inexperience made it even more meaningless, and I thought, “Yep. Ok. You can use a compound for hunting. You can carry a parasol and wear a bra over your clothes if you’re an Olympic dreamer.” Yes, they are broad strokes. Now, because of blog, my eyes have opened to lots of things people do with bows that I guess I’ve started to think of as different disciplines: Korean traditional, Japanese kyudo, hunting, tournaments, archery in burlesque entertainment. But there’s a lot of potential for overlap in these and it’s a pretty motley array.
At my lessons, too, as I’ve gotten a little glimpse of the difference between traditional and Olympic bows, I’ve been making a distinction between those as disciplines. The case was made for me trading out my wood riser for an aluminum one. Someone else suggested that I seemed more interested in traditional barebow than Olympic-style and that I might find I was happier with my wooden one. So I’m thinking, “Gotcha! Pin the discipline down by recognizing the gear that goes with it!”
Well, I found myself at a traditional archery-focused shop/range and almost all of the bows for sale were wooden but of quite different kinds: stickbows, longbows, take-down recurves, one-piece recurves. And, I think, just one with an aluminum riser. I asked the guy, wasn’t aluminum suitable for traditional and he said yes but not generally as appealing to himself and other traditionalists. So you can lump all these things together and they can cross over into different uses, but wooden ones tickle peoples idea of tradition, and aluminum ones get the Olympic thumbs-up for being precisely manufactured and easy to screw all kinds of gadgets into, (and eschewing gadgets defines traditional archery.)
The place also has 3D and target archery, which get typically get listed as two separate disciplines. So, I’m thinking now that traditional and Olympic are more like style-choices. Lists of disciplines usually seem to be about what you’re shooting at: target=target, animal=hunting, fake animal=3D, targets set up like a golf course=field, nothing but distance=flight. And they never seem to have a classification for the kind the video dude does. Which is probably good. Because mostly that would seem useful for shooting at a bunch of people, and I’m glad that’s not really in vogue.