Tibetan archery etches its name into the world

September 10th, 2012 1 comment

Triangle target-Tibetcul.comXINING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — Dana Dotsko never imagined himself traveling from Indiana in America to the mountainous county of Jainca in China’s Tibetan plateau to competitively shoot arrows toward a triangle target invented by Tibetans some 1,100 years ago.

Unlike the five-ring archery targets popular in the Olympic Games and other international contests, the triangle target, about 80 cm high and with a bottom width of 70 cm, is made of earth and placed on the ground. A small wooden stick called Jiama in Tibetan, which originally means “scale” is put in the middle of the target.

According to the Tibetan competition rules, whoever shoots an arrow to the top of the stick wins.

The four-day biennial Magical Arrow International Ethnic Archery Invitational Tournament, one of China’s top three ethnic archery contests, opened on Saturday. Archers from 11 countries including the United States, Brazil, Turkey, Mongolia, Hungry, Poland, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea and 35 domestic archery teams will use their own traditional bows and arrows to compete for the first time in line with the Tibetan rules.

To get used to the triangle target, Dotsko started practicing on a smaller target at a longer distance a month ago.

“It’s a very challenging target. It offers a great deal of difficulty even at a closer distance,” said the 55-year-old radiology technologist who taught himself shooting from horseback 18 years ago.

Dotsko is amazed by the beautiful mountains on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and is eager to explore a different archery culture.

“I am anxious to see different styles of shooting. Tibetans shoot very differently. I have only seen them shoot on YouTube on the Internet,” he said.
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China beat Unite State in women’s team archery Quarterfinal

July 29th, 2012 1 comment

LONDON – China beat the United States 218-213 today in an Olympic women’s team archery quarterfinal at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The American team, which includes Jennifer Nichols, who trains part-time in Tucson, finished one spot shy of the medal round.

“Now it’s time to focus on individual competition,” said Nichols, who will face India’s Chekrovolu Swuro on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday Alison Williamson of Great Britain, a graduate of Arizona State, will square off against Bishindee Urantungalag of Mongolia.

Olympics-China beat Italy 200-199 points in women’s team archery

July 29th, 2012 Comments off

China's Fang Yuting fires an arrow in the women's archery team eliminations at the Lords Cricket Ground during the London 2012 Olympic Games July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

London, Jul 29, 2012 – China beat Italy 200-199 points at Lord’s in the last 16 of the Olympic women’s team archery at the 2012 London Games on Sunday.

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