Archery in Ancient China

November 29th, 2009 4 comments

Archaeological discoveries proved that archery in China dates back 20,000 years. Practical archery takes three conditions: a bow strong enough to propel arrows, arrows that are sharp enough to kill, and a technique to ensure the stability of arrows in flight. The bow and arrow in ancient China fully met the three conditions. Archaeologists have unearthed finely made arrowheads in a site of the Paleolithic Age in Shanxi Province. Made of stone, the arrowheads were sharp and pointed, and could be mounted on a shaft. No bow was found at the site, since bows were usually made of wood,  bamboo and perhaps tendon of animals and could not remain intact for so many years. But the arrowheads were enough to prove the existence of bows.

As for how to keep the arros stable in flight, Kao-Gong-Ji, the earliest work on science and technology in China, writes under the item of THE ARCHER: “Decide the proportions of the shaft to install the feathers.  The feathers at the end of the shaft are installed in three directions, and then the arrowhead is mounted. An arrow thus made will not lose its balance even in strong winds.” It also says, “When the feathers are too many, the arrows will slow down; when the feathers are too few, the arrow will become unstable.” Later on, ancient Chinese developed bronze arrowheads and the crossbow, upgreading archery to a new height.

Picture of using archery with feet in ancient China:

a pic of using archery with feet in ancient China

China takes first ever Asiad recurve archery men’s team gold

September 28th, 2014 No comments

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) — China swept Malaysia 6-0 to clinch the recurve archery men’s team title for the first time at the Asian Games here on Sunday.

Chinese athletes Yong Zhiwei (L), Qi Kaiyao (C) and Gu Xuesong pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the recurve men's team match of archery at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea,

Chinese athletes Yong Zhiwei (L), Qi Kaiyao (C) and Gu Xuesong pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the recurve men’s team match of archery at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea (Xinhua/Wang Peng)

The Chinese young archers edged their South Korean peers 5-4 after the shoot-off in the semifinals two days ago, then defeated their final rivals from Malaysia without mercy.

“I have to say that I was a little bit nervous as it’s the first time I competed in a final,” said Qi Kaiyao, 21, who launched his campaign on Sunday with an excellent 10’s. “We had prepared for a hard fight with the rivals and we had strong confidence in ourselves.”

The three Chinese archers contributed to eleven 10’s in three sets while the Malaysians shot the center mark for eight times.

“We hadn’t expected that we could win so fast,” said Yong Zhiwei, who also qualified for the individual semifinals later on Sunday. “But we believed in ourselves. We had faith in the team.”

South Korea’s loss to China means it failed to secure its ninth straight gold in the event at the Asian Games, but the hosts managed to edge Japan 5-3 to grab the bronze medal earlier.

“Our male archers did perform well at the Asian Games,” said Mu Yong, the manager of the China’s archery team. “They kept calm and shot marvelously. Especially in today’s final, they showed no fear at all.”

In the women’s final, South Korea beat China 6-0 to defend their title. Japan took the bronze after beating India 5-4.


Zhang Shuxin and Shu Hua Tang

July 17th, 2014 No comments
Mr. Zhang Shuxin

Mr. Zhang Shuxin

Shu Hua Tang is the studio that specialized in traditional bow and arrows design and renovation. Since the year of 2009, several traditional bow and arrow fans did considerable work of historical records research and cultural bow and arrow relic restoration according to cultural relic and historical records.

During the past years, many excellent bow and arrow works were created by Shu Hua Tang. These

Mr. Lucas and Mr. Zhang Shuxin

Mr. Lucas and Mr. Zhang Shuxin

fine works won the compliment and recognition of authoritative person in the cultural bow and arrow field, such as Lucas, Shufang Xie, Kaicai Xu and so on. Especially some outstanding works were collected by many people.

As we know, shooting as one of skill for the classical six arts. On the early stage in the development of the traditional bow and arrow culture, Shuxin Zhang as the one of founder for Shu Hua Tang who lead the shooting to Hanfu decorating, and made these two elements to be perfect combination for each other.
More fine works from Shu Hua Tang will coming soon, or you can get more information via here.

Author: Mr. Zhang Shuxin
Translated by: Ms. Chris D.

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games – Archery

March 7th, 2014 No comments

I. Time & VenueGames events schedule
The Archery events of Second Youth Olympic Games will be held in the Archery Field of the Fangshan Sports Training Base from 22 to 26 August, 2014.
II. Events
One men’s event, one women’s event and one mixed team event.
III. Number of Athletes
64 athletes including 32 males and 32 females
IV. Medals
Athletes and teams that finish in the top three places in the individual and team events will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
View and download the detail of “Sport Explanatory Brochure Archery – 2014 Youth Olympic Games” below (PDF file, total 19 pages):
Archery (Nanjing yough olympic games organising committee 2014)