Jie Tian

Jie, who received his Masters in Economics from SUNY University at Buffalo, is a native of Jiangsu, China and a dedicated practitioner of traditional Chinese archery. He specializes in the research and practice of Gao Ying’s Inchworm Technique (a military archery technique from Ming Dynasty). Jie was an instructor and presenter on the topic of Ming military archery at the Chinese Archery Program 2013 in Georgia, USA. In Fall 2015, he helped found the Cal Archery Club's Traditional Asian Archery Program (TAAP) at UC Berkeley.

His broader interests involve introducing international audiences to Chinese culture. These activities include administering fora on Chinese archery, as well as administering and curating content for a forum on traditional Chinese clothing (Hanfu). Jie is the gold medalist (and set the benchmark record) for the “Modern Asiatic 50# Broadhead” division 2013 Flight Archery Championships.

Justin Ma

Justin is a software engineer who received his PhD in Computer Science from UC San Diego. He is also an avid traditional Chinese archery practitioner specializing in the study and revival of Chinese military archery technique. Justin is proprietor of The Cinnabar Bow, a traditional archery equipment distributor whose mission is to raise international awareness of skilled bow makers in China. He taught thumb ring shooting for the California Centaurs horseback archery club, founded the Bay Area Asian Archery mailing list, and also provided introductory lessons to Chinese archery in Northern and Southern California. Justin has been an invited speaker on the topic of Ming military archery at the 2013--2015 Chinese Archery Programs in Georgia, USA (at which he was also an instructor), as well as the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Archery’s 2013 St. George’s Shoot in Somerset, England. In Fall 2015, he helped found the Cal Archery Club's Traditional Asian Archery Program (TAAP) at UC Berkeley.

In the US Flight Archery Championships, Justin won Gold in the Modern Asiatic 70# division (2015) with a 426-yard shot, Silver in the Modern Asiatic 50# division (2015), Gold in the Modern Asiatic 50#” division (2013). He is also a certified USA Archery Level 2 Instructor.

Previously, Justin was involved in Chinese Wushu: he competed for 11 years and was a US Wushu Team athlete in 2001 and 2003; after retiring from competition in 2003, he went on to be the representative judge for the US in the 2005 World Wushu Championships and 2006 World Junior Wushu Championships; he was tournament director for the 2006 US Junior Wushu Team Trials and the 2007 US Wushu Team Trials.