Horse Race Ground of Beijing DELONG

January 16th, 2010 1 comment

Location: East coast of Yongding River, Daxing district, Beijing
Master: Mr. Chen Liang
Contact Telephone: +86(0) 139 0123 0981 (only speaking Chinese)
Navigation: (Longitude:116°15′08″ E & Latitude: 39°44′05″ S)

On Nov 17, 2009, it is fogged in Bejing. It is the first day of riding and shooting for the members who join “Horseback Archery Training Camp“.This training camp is organized by Ju-An-Zu & Ju-An-Gong-She (website: juanzu.com, this is one archery forum and the language which used on the forum is Chinese). The master of the DELONG (website: bjdlmac.com, language is in Chinese) and the organizer of the archery club have invited some (horseback) archery experts as special coaches. They are Mr. Xu Kaicai, Ms. Li Shulan, Mr. Stephen Shelby (HK) and Mr. Huang Qi’an (HK).
The youngest member who is only 9 years old

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Mr. Junyang Lee Showing Chinese Traditional Archery

December 14th, 2009 No comments

Mr. Junyang Lee showing Chinese Traditional Archery in Zhuhai, China
Contents: Ceremonious Shoot & Battlefield Shoot
Performer: Mr. Junyang Lee
Editing: Frederick Yang

Source: Zhuhai Chinese Traditional Archery Discipline and Research Center

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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