Archery in Ancient China

November 29th, 2009 3 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

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)
Source: nanjing2014.org

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