Archery in Ancient China

November 29th, 2009 1 comment

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

World Archery Youth Championships 2013 Wuxi (CHN)

October 15th, 2013 No comments

On the morning of October 13, the World Archery Youth Championships 2013 Wuxi (CHN) was officially started in the Wuxi Sports Center. Tom Dylan, Secretary General of the International Archery Federation, Carlos, Tournament Director of the International Archery Federation, Gao Zhidan, Chairperson of the Chinese Archery Association, Zeng Zhigang, Director of the Shooting and Archery Sports Management Center of the General Administration of Sports of China, Deputy Directors of the Shooting and Archery Sports Management Center of the General Administration of

World Archery Youth Championships 2013

World Archery Youth Championships 2013

Sports of China Lang Wei and Wang Yifu, Yin Baolin, Director of the Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Sports, Wang Quan, Acting Mayor of Wuxi, Wang Guozhong, a member of the Wuxi Municipal Party Standing Committee and Minister of the Publicity Department of the Wuxi Municipal Party Committee, Hua Boya, Deputy Mayor of Wuxi, and Wu Fengfeng, Secretary General of the Wuxi Municipal People’s Government, attended the opening ceremony. Officials of the organizing committee of the competition, principals of relevant departments, athletes, coaches and judges also took part in the ceremony.

Wang Quan, Acting Mayor of Wuxi, declared the official opening of the competition, and Wang Guozhong, a member of the Wuxi Municipal Party Standing Committee and Minister of the Publicity Department of the Wuxi Municipal Party Committee, delivered a speech to welcome all participants. It was learnt that over 800 athletes, officials and team followers from more than 60 countries took part in the competition, which was an international contest with the most participating counties and contestants as well as the biggest scale in the sports history of Wuxi. The competition was held in Wuxi, which will have a far-reaching significance in speeding up the construction of a “Four-type Wuxi” and improving Wuxi’s popularity and reputation. As the host, Wuxi will elaborately organize, carefully prepare, offer high-quality service, and try best to hold a youthful, vigorous, harmonious and advanced sports cultural gala.
Source:Wuxi News

Archery lovers in China

September 11th, 2013 No comments

Putting down his cigarette, Beijing native Chen Ning arches his back to stretch and then nonchalantly exhales a tube of

Chinese archers are targeting more publicity to help their sport grow. Photo by Li Hao,GT

Chinese archers are targeting more publicity to help their sport grow. Photo by Li Hao,GT

smoke as he draws back the bowstring. Ping goes the release followed by a whoosh and then a thud in quick succession. It’s all one sound. He takes another arrow from the miniature golf-bag sized fanny pack drooped around his waist and takes aim: Ping-whoosh-thud… bull’s eye. That’s 10 points on the target. Chen, 33, revisits the cigarette once again, a look of satisfaction on his face.

“China is not taking care of archery at all. It’s really quite pathetic,” Chen fumes between drags. Chen is one of roughly 1,000 fee-paying members at Beijing’s Sunny Focus Sports Club in Sanyuanqiao, Chaoyang district. It’s one of the few places with comprehensive indoor archery facilities in the city center.

Chen says that despite the large number of archery lovers in China, the government is doing very little in terms of funding and promotion for the sport. He laments that archery still falls short of making broadcast schedules for terrestrial television. “It’s not exactly like football,” he notes glumly.

In some ways, it is surprising that Chinese archery has not become a hit with the public. The sport received a natural upsurge in popularity during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when Shandong native Zhang Juanjuan became the first non-Korean since 1984 to win gold in the women’s individual event. Last summer in London, archer Dai Xiaoxiang became the first Chinese male to win a medal in the men’s individual event.

But for those smitten with the primitive weapon, widespread media coverage once every four years is nowhere near enough. According to Chen, compared with other countries, archery in China has yet to receive sufficient media exposure to entice sponsorship money that could help recruit and nurture talent at club level. Apart from the national teams, the sport is still very much a self-funded amateur endeavor. Clubs like Sunny Focus are thriving on the passion of their members.

“We spend our own money to take part in our own competitions,” Chen says. “The entrance fees pay for the trophies awarded to the winners.”
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DAI Xiaoxiang is man of the day with two gold medals

July 21st, 2013 No comments

Medellin – Sunday, July 21, 2013
Dai XiaoxiangChina’s DAI Xiaoxiang won the men’s individual title and the mixed team gold medal paired with CUI Yuanyuan. On the women’s side, Russia’s Inna STEPANOVA claimed the second World Cup victory of her career.
Chinese DAI Xiaoxiang (main photo) was seemingly unstoppable today. In the recurve men’s final he faced Jeff HENCKELS (LUX), who had defeated him in their only previous encounter in Antalya three years ago. Today DAI left no chance to HENCKELS. He won the first set 28-25, and the second 29-27, to lead 4-0. His opponent recovered two points in the third set, but DAI outscored him 28-26 to win the fourth set and the match 6-2. It is the first major individual title for DAI, who was Olympic bronze medallist in London and World Cup Final runner-up in 2011. The silver medal is the first World Cup medal for 28-year-old HENCKELS.0721_CHINA

The bronze medal match was a tough fight between Jean-Charles VALLADONT (FRA) and ZHANG Jianping (CHN). The French archer, who is the field world champion, won the first set 29-26 and led 2-0, but ZHANG came back with 29 points in the second and third sets to take the lead, 4-2. A tie at 23-23 moved the score to 5-3 before the final set. VALLADONT scored 10-10-9 against 9-10-9 to come back to 5-5. Shoot-off! ZHANG shot a 9, followed by a 9 from VALLADONT, but further from the centre. Victory for the 24-year-old ZHANG, who adds a second bronze medal to the hardware he won in Antalya in June.

The women’s final featured Russian Inna STEPANOVA and Miranda LEEK (USA).